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Ever Seen An Eclipse From An Airliner?

Sat Jan 22, 2000 5:51 am

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.
 
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RE: Ever Seen An Eclipse From An Airliner?

Tue Jan 25, 2000 7:40 pm

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!

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RE: Ever Seen An Eclipse From An Airliner?

Wed Jan 26, 2000 2:05 am

I saw the eclipse the other night. It did nothing for me. Even at 330.
 
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RE: Ever Seen An Eclipse From An Airliner?

Wed Jan 26, 2000 4:43 am

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.

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RE: Ever Seen An Eclipse From An Airliner?

Wed Jan 26, 2000 4:55 am

Anyone seen the SOLAR eclipse on August 11th?
 
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RE: Ever Seen An Eclipse From An Airliner?

Wed Jan 26, 2000 4:57 am

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.
 
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RE: Ever Seen An Eclipse From An Airliner?

Wed Jan 26, 2000 10:22 am

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
 
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Thank You, Zacher

Wed Jan 26, 2000 1:25 pm

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.
 
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RE: Ever Seen An Eclipse From An Airliner?

Wed Jan 26, 2000 1:32 pm

Matt is being as subtle as ever.

But, you gotta love him!
 
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(Wink)

Wed Jan 26, 2000 1:37 pm

Yeah... you gotta'.

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