Solar Eclipse 2017: Alaska Airlines Flight Will Offer View Above the Clouds
Emphasizing the clouds prevents seeing the total solar eclipse that will come? A group of lucky astronomy fans can feel comfortable.
While the moon blocks the sun’s face on August 21, leaving only the bright crown in the sky, they watch 35,000 feet (10,700 meters) in the air aboard an Alaska Airlines charter flight.
“We are in a unique position to provide a unique experience for astronomy lovers,” said Sangita Woerner, Alaska Airlines vice president of marketing, in a press release. “Flying over the Pacific Ocean provide not only one of the first views, but also one of the best.”
The flight should take off from Portland International Airport in Oregon at 7:30 am local time on August 21.
This will lead to the Pacific coast early to see the total solar eclipse, the first to cross from coast to coast for 99 years. [What they will see during the total solar eclipse of 2017]
The airline does not sell tickets to its observation group. Seats are available only by invitation to a select group of astronomers and guests.
But Alaska Airlines give two seats as part of a marketing promotion from July 21, the company’s social media.
“We still do not know how many people are going to be on board,” Halley Knigge, an Alaska Airlines spokeswoman for Space.com, said in an e-mail.
“The plane has a capacity of 181 guests, but limit the seats available to provide an optimal viewing experience for people on board. It is safe to say that there will be less than 100 people on the flight, including crew.”
Alaska Airlines also offered a flight to eclipse last year, in which Space.com columnist Joe Rao, was a passenger. The video of that flight, shown below, was shot by Mike Kentrianakis with the American Astronomical Society.
During the eclipse of August 21, the moon will pass between the Sun and Earth, blocking the solar disk and leaving only its faint outer atmosphere visible. If time allows, millions of people can see how the shadow of the Moon (113 km) reached 14 states, beginning at 10 am PDT 15 (17 h 15 GMT) in Oregon and ending at 2:49 pm. EDT (1849 GMT) in South Carolina.
The trajectory of the whole is progressing rapidly. Even lucky airline passengers can follow the eclipse, which will cross the country, at speeds of up to 2,900 km / ha in western Oregon at 2,400 km / h near Charleston, South Carolina, according to an interactive Google map created by Eclipse of the French Xavier Eclipse Jubier, with the eclipse defense group of the International Astronomical Union.