Solar System, The Moon, The Sun

Airline Offering Flight To Chase The Eclipse

Alaska Airlines is offering a unique opportunity to watch this summer's eclipse.

This summer, a flight will track the solar eclipse as it moves across the country. Alaskan Airlines is poised to provide a unique experience for astronomy enthusiasts according to Sangita Woerner, Alaska’s vice president of marketing; “As an airline, we are in a unique position to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for astronomy enthusiasts. Flying high above the Pacific Ocean will not only provide one of the first views, but also one of the best.”

On August 21st, an Alaskan Airlines flight will take off from Portland, Oregon at 7:30 am local time and fly south down the west coast of the U.S. giving viewers a once in a lifetime view of the solar eclipse. This isn’t the first time the airline has done something of the sort; last year it flew passengers over Honolulu to watch a similar eclipse.

Currently the flight is in ‘invite-only’ status, but Alaskan Airlines will be offering up seats as prizes to followers of it’s social accounts.

“As an airline, we are in a unique position to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for astronomy enthusiasts. Flying high above the Pacific Ocean will not only provide one of the first views, but also one of the best.”




 

Admittedly, it will be a long-shot to get a chance to view the eclipse from the flight, but thankfully the 2017 eclipse is predicted to be visible across most of the U.S. as you can see in the diagram below.

A view of where the eclipse will be visible across the U.S. Credit: NASA

It is the first coast-to-coast total eclipse since 1918.

Weather permitting, astronomy enthusiasts can watch as the moon’s 70-mile (113-km) wide shadow crosses the country, starting at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1715 GMT) around Lincoln Beach, Oregon, and ending at 2:49 p.m. EDT (1849 GMT) in McClellanville, South Carolina.

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Jamie is an amateur astronomer and every day space geek.