Astounding Video of Total Solar Eclipse From Above The Clouds! via Alaska Airlines

by planetMitch4 Comments

“Oh my God, it is coming!” This is almost as bad/funny as double rainbow guy… but the video is really amazing.

Ok, it is, we get it… (watch the video to see what I'm talking about – or watch the video and turn down the audio because tho the video is great, well, the commentary isn't).

A couple of days ago, there was a total solar eclipse – where the moon passes in front of the sun and casts a small shadow on the earth). A rare event (and one I will be seeing from the ground August 21st 2017 as there will be another one passing close by my house in Missouri!) that is even more rarely captured from above the clouds.

Being an astronomy geek from way back when I was a little kid on planetMitch, this is really really cool. I hope you enjoy it too.

Alaska Airlines posted about how they planned a flight so passengers would be able to view the eclipse! Here's a photo from Alaska Airlines flight attendants Rachael C. & Sofia S. – Shannon:

So here is the video by Mike Kentrianakis/American Astronomical Society

A bit of the description from Alaska Airlines:

In window seat 32F, Joe Rao was one of the dozen astronomers and veteran “eclipse chasers” among the 181 passengers onboard, gazing out oval windows as the moon blocked 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 have been 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.

“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.”

Here's another video from the same flight:

(cover photo credit: snap from the flight attendant)


  1. Too bad the audio wasn’t removed from this video…If I hear the guy say “OHMYGOD” one more time I was going to lose my mind

  2. Astronomer or not, he was so obnoxious. “OH MY GOD!”

  3. One has to wonder if he was trying to spoof Double Rainbow Guy. Really annoying and unprofessional. You say he is an astronomer? Though he may have a tremendous amount of sky awareness, he lacks self-awareness in the narration of a sky event. Imagine him narrating the Apollo moon landings.

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