A flight delay actually made people excited for once.
Astronomer Joe Rao noticed that an Alaska Airlines flight was set to pass through a path that would give plane passengers an ideal view of a total solar eclipse, a rare and beautiful sight. There was just one problem--the plane was scheduled to come in too early to see the exact moment when the moon and sun aligned. So the airline decided to delay their flight by 25 minutes. That way, their passengers would have a perfect view of the natural phenomenon.
And how perfect it was.
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
via Huffington Post
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