Pmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1625 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.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1626 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.
Zacher From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1624 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.
747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2812 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (15 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1617 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.