Rare Total Solar Eclipse Casts Shadow on Parts of Asia; Flight Diverted for Viewing

A total eclipse of the sun turned day into night over portions of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean.

A group of astronomers asked Alaska Airlines to adjust Flight 870 so that the aircraft would be in prime position to view the eclipse. The flight from Anchorage, Alaska to Honolulu, Hawaii.

A video (below) of the eclipse was recorded by Mike Kentrianakis of the American Astronomical Society. The sun was completely blocked by the Moon for 1 minute 53 seconds.

On the day of the flight, AlaskaAir’s Dispatch developed the specific flight plan to find the most efficient route and account for weather and wind, while flying into the shadow where the eclipse would be visible.

A passenger aboard an Alaska Airlines flight caught a glimpse of a solar eclipse that reached full phase from 37,000 feet in the air. CBSN’s Kristine Johnson and Vladimir Duthiers have more of the incredible video.

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