Yesterday we reported on Alaska Airlines Flight 870, which planned to alter its flight path so that passengers could get a glimpse of a rare solar eclipse from the plane’s windows.
“Tuesday’s rendezvous over the Pacific Ocean is not luck, but a precisely planned equation. The calculations began a year ago. The only variable was the plane. In window seat 32F, Joe Rao will be one of the dozen astronomers and veteran “eclipse chasers” among the 163 passengers onboard, gazing out oval windows as the moon blocks the sun for nearly two minutes.”
Today, the airline posted a video of the experience from the passengers’ perspective, and boy are they excited.
This is the “double rainbow” video of 2016.
Watch as the passenger filming it screams, “we got corona! we got corona!”
And it truly is a sight to see.
Watch the solar eclipse from Alaska Airlines:
More spectacular images:
The full shadow of the moon can be seen as it passes between the Earth and the sun, during the total solar eclipse that occurred on March 8th 2016. The picture was taken from an aircraft flying over the northern Pacific Ocean. A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth about every 18 months. It will vary in duration and intensity according to where it is viewed from but lasts about 7 minutes. The area where the shadow is most intense is called the umbra. This is surrounded by the area of partial eclipse, the penumbra. Credit: Dan McGlaun/AP #eclipse #totaleclipse #sun #moon #space
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) March 9, 2016