@AlaskaAir reroutes plane to intercept a solar eclipse!! #video #science

Check out the awesome video of a solar eclipse taken from Alaska Airlines Flight 870!! It turns out that the flight was actually re-routed for the eclipse… SCIENCE for the win!!!! Super cool of Alaska Airlines to do this, way to go!


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.

He’s an associate astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium (where astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is director). About a year ago, Rao discovered that Alaska Airlines Flight 870 from Anchorage to Honolulu would intersect the “path of totality” – the darkest shadow of the moon as it passes over the Earth.

But the flight’s normally scheduled departure time would be 25 minutes too early, missing the grand spectacle.

Rather than attempt to move the sun or the moon or the Earth, Rao called Alaska Airlines.

Alaska decided to move the plane.

Solar Eclipse visible today! Or not… depending on weather

During the late afternoon of Oct. 23, 2014, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from much of North America before sundown. However, it is never safe to look at the sun with the naked eye.
Image Credit: NASA/Sinclair
For more information and safe viewing instructions, see the NASA page here.