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Ever Seen An Eclipse From An Airliner?  
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2796 posts, RR: 14
Posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1383 times:

I once saw a lunar ecplise, like last night's, from in the air, it looks about the same as on the ground, but I wondered how often that's happened to anyone else.


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
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User currently offlineZacher From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

Yes, I saw the recent total lunar eclipse from the cockpit of and F-28 enroute from SEA to BIL. 29,000 feet, clear above, and a billion stars- very memorable view!

Zach


User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1305 times:

I saw the eclipse the other night. It did nothing for me. Even at 330.

User currently offlinePmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

I've never seen an eclipse, however I did see the Hale-Bopp Comet from a 747-300 (KLM) It didn't look any different or more spectacular, however when we got above the clouds it did look a little clearer.

Peter


User currently offlineAngelAirways From United Kingdom, joined Nov 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

Anyone seen the SOLAR eclipse on August 11th?

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

Of course it looked the same. The moon is 240,000 miles from the earth. At cruise level which might make you all of maybe 5 or 6 miles closer, isn't going to make a shred of difference. Were you really expecting it to look any different?
Do you thing that astronauts in space get a better view of Orion or the Big Dipper when they're in space? Apart from a lack of twinkling caused by the atmosphere, on a hunch I will say NO.
Here's another news flash: The sand in the Mojave desert is the same color from the air as it is if you were on the gorund. I know. I tested that theory once. The only difference is that in the air, you see more of it.


User currently offlineZacher From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1298 times:

Well, Matt, I don't believe that anyone seriously thought that the eclipse would be any different looking due to the negligibly shorter range viewing provided by air travel. However, getting above much of the haze, smoke, fog, city lights, and most or all of the visible moisture in the atmosphere CAN make a big difference in clarity, distortion, and even color. Don't see too many observatories in the bottoms of valleys near cities, do you? I thought it was pretty obvious what the original poster meant.

Zach


User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2796 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1291 times:

Let's not get personal here, but Matt you might want to stop and think awhile - maybe you've never noticed this but air looks clear from down here, from in space you can see it clear as day. Anyway, Zacher is right, a lot of things are clearer from up there and for the record, the stars are a lot brighter and there are a lot more of them when you're out of Earth's atmosphere.


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
User currently offlineAuthority From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

Matt is being as subtle as ever.

But, you gotta love him!


User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2796 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1290 times:

Yeah... you gotta'.


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
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