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BBC NEWS Solar eclipse and ‘Special Eclipse flight’

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on July 22, 2009

2 articles and videos posted here from different vantage points one in China, the other above the skies in India where some priviledged people paid to fly above the clouds to see the solar eclipse.

Excerpt via BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | China eclipses into darkness.

The longest total solar eclipse this century has been witnessed by millions of people in Asia.

It could first be seen early on Wednesday in eastern India, then moved east across India, Nepal, Burma, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and the Pacific.

Footage shows various views of the eclipse as passed across China, plunging large areas of the country into darkness.

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“The Special Eclipse flight” via BBC NEWS | South Asia | ‘I’ll remember eclipse all my life’.

Passengers on a special chartered flight to view the total eclipse in India saw spectacular sights. The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder, who was also on board, reports.

“Ladies and gentlemen, 30 seconds to go. Get your cameras ready and enjoy the view.

“Captain Oswal’s measured tones were in stark contrast to the frenzy his words unleashed.Bounding with enthusiasm, passengers on board Flight 2279 whooped with delight as the sky slowly darkened


There were veteran “eclipse chasers”, first-timers, amateur astronomers, scientists and even young children.

For Deepak Bhimani, 70, it was his eighth solar eclipse.”Each time it’s as magical as the previous one,” he said smiling, as he fiddled with his camera.

“Each time I learn something new.”

As we board the aircraft, special “solar-view goggles” are handed out, to protect the eyes from damage.
The best seats were on what was called the sun-side, where passengers would have an unhindered view of totality, the moment when the sun is completely obscured.

The privileged vantage point came at a steep price – $1,600 – while those on the other side of the aisle cost less than half.

“It’s worth the money, man,” grinned Sachin as he positioned his camera against the window.

Now I wonder, if those who had bought seat on the not so “priviledged vantage point” were allowed – pending approval from the those who occupied these  “priviledged vantage point” seats – to sneak over and observe the eclipse.

Would be a total bummer if they weren’t allowed but would be turn out to be a smart investment by those who were lucky enough to meet a priviledged seat owner who allowed them to observe the eclipse.

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