Guys, did you watch a Moon Eclipse? It was beautiful here in Idaho. It started before 8 am and lasted probably almost 2 hours. The visibulity was very good initially but then we had some thin clouds on and off. Still, we could see other stars also and many neighbors were on the streets with us watching.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Skygazers from around the country caught a flight from Alaska to Hawaii on Tuesday for prime viewing of a total solar eclipse that will unfold over parts of Indonesia and the Indian and Pacific oceans.
A dozen eclipse enthusiasts were among the 181 passengers on the plane that departed Anchorage for Honolulu. The rare event comes when the moon is close enough to Earth to completely block out the sun.
Joe Rao, an associate astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York, called Alaska Airlines last fall, explaining that the flight would be in the right place for the eclipse. The route was expected to encounter the darkest shadow of the moon as it passed over Earth.
Problem was, the plane would be passing by nearly a half-hour too soon.
The airline said it rescheduled the flight to depart 25 minutes later, and it is expected to rendezvous with the eclipse's sweet spot nearly 700 miles north of Honolulu. After the schedule tweak, Rao and a dozen other astronomy aficionados booked seats for the big show at 36,000 feet.
I heard about the fact that they delayed the plane. I wish I was there. Referring to the moon picture on the horizon. It is so beautiful.... one of the reasons why it is so beautiful and big - we extrapolate the distance and the object on the horizon according to our brain is far away, therefore it looks for us so grandiose....
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