Listen as these astronomers witness stunning solar eclipse from 35,000 feet

By Shawn Knight ยท 19 replies
Mar 11, 2016
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  1. For those lucky enough to witness the one and only total solar eclipse of 2016, the event was breathtaking. But it was Mike Kentrianakis and nearly a dozen other eclipse-chasers that arguably had the best view possible as they soaked in the experience while on a flight from Anchorage to Honolulu (along with more than a hundred other passengers).

    Joe Rao, an associate astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, realized about a year ago that Alaska Airlines Flight 870 would intersect the darkest shadow of the moon as it passes over the Earth – a phenomenon known as totality.

    The only problem was that the flight was scheduled about 25 minutes too soon, thus missing the big reveal. Amazingly enough, the astronomer was able to talk the airline into adjusting the flight time so they'd be able to witness the eclipse at just the right time. How accommodating!

    The video above comes courtesy of Kentrianakis and as you can hear, it was everything he hoped it would be (and probably more).

    Group photo courtesy Alaska Airlines, thumbnail via Mike Kentrianakis

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,347   +1,991

    It was really interesting. ould have been even better if the so called narrator would have just let us enjoy it without his horrible play by play. Of course, I could have just turned off the audio! LOL
  3. JayT1803

    JayT1803 TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +23

    Be sure to mute it when you watch the video!
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  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,665   +1,949

    Better watch it with sound off, as it was shot by a bible maniac.
    9Nails, H3llion, ikesmasher and 2 others like this.
  5. Ivangela

    Ivangela TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Oh My GOD!!!!!!!!
  6. Ivangela

    Ivangela TS Rookie Posts: 17

  7. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +114

    Bible maniac? wtf?? Anyone with a different belief system than yours is a maniac. Wonderful way to live.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,665   +1,949

    Mine is the only right one, it says: don't piss your believes on others.
    Uncle Al and BMfan like this.
  9. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +114

    Everyone says theirs is the right one.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701


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  11. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +114

    Look at you see the corona> the flares? Look at that.

    Was someone in the plane still not looking after all that?
  12. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 158   +15

    OMG OMG!! A dot on the sun!
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  13. DJoshua

    DJoshua TS Enthusiast Posts: 25   +9

    OMG OMG! Booooooring...
  14. trgz

    trgz TS Addict Posts: 222   +50

    Aside from the asinine commentary (it might as well been a double effin' rainbow) I found the above video to be considerably less awesome than seeing the real deal from the surface - I guess it's the limits of video tecnology etc. I suppose it'd have been a bonus if you happened to be on the flight though
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  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    It don't think it effected everyone, but one sure had OMG Astrogasms.
  16. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    LOL LOL LOL, was just going to say this video is 10x better with the sound muted :D
  17. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 232

    Who is the director?

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,256   +454

    Heh... astrogasms.
  19. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    I had to MUTE it...
  20. JB Hickok

    JB Hickok Banned Posts: 29

    I saw this from Sulawesi Island. Very nice place and got to see the sights there at the same time, the airplane guys airplane. :)

    Next year it's Argentina in February.

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