There’s no better place to see a solar eclipse than from the sky.

Joe Rao, an associate astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium made a special request of Alaska Airlines, after discovering that their Flight 870 from Anchorage to Honolulu would intersect the ‘path of totality’, which is the darkest shadow of the moon as it passes over the Earth.

Not exactly fly me to the moon, but fly me to the eclipse is pretty darn exciting!

Unfortunately the flight’s regular schedule would have missed the spectacle by 25 minutes, so Rao phone the airline and asked if they’d move the departure time. They did.

Around a dozen astronomers and passionate ‘eclipse chasers’ joined 181 passengers and had the best seats in the house (on the planet!) as the moon blocked the sun for nearly two minutes.

And the footage is just incredible (see below). Even more incredible is the sound of the stargazers’ excited shrieks of joy and amazement throughout.

“It’s an unbelievably accommodating gesture,” said Mike Kentrianakis, solar eclipse project manager for the American Astronomical Society, who was in seat 6F. “Not only is Alaska Airlines getting people from Point A to Point B, but they’re willing to give them an exciting flight experience. An airline that’s actually talking to their people – and listening! That’s customer service at its best. It’s become personal.”

via Alaska Airlines


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A travel junkie and explorer, Anita has spent over a decade in Asia, the majority in and around Macau and Hong Kong. As an Australian living abroad Asia fascinated her, and combined with her love of writing, resulted in a very busy freelance journalism and copywriting career which saw her work published in loads of travel, lifestyle and business magazines and newspapers, all over the world. Anita also provided the narrative for a 220 page hardcover book chronicling the rise of Macau over the last ten years, through photography. She moved to Bali in Indonesia in 2009 and sits on her ‘coconut island’, sharing travel inspiration through words as Wego's Director of PR, and editor in chief. She’s known as the ‘word queen’ in the office and likes to laugh, a lot.

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