Alaska Airlines is making special efforts to make sure that the astronomy enthusiasts are able to enjoy the view of the total solar eclipse from their flight. Also, a simulator has been created by Google and scientists to allow the people to have a preview of what the solar eclipse will look like from their place.
A total solar eclipse will be witnessed by the United States this year, taking place after 100 years. According to reports from Time, August 21 will have this rare astronomical phenomenon taking place and the airline company, Alaska Airlines is making it possible for its passengers to catch a glimpse of it.
Flying above the Pacific Ocean will give the passengers the opportunity to not only view the total solar eclipse, but also enjoy the best view possible. A special charter flight is scheduled to depart from Portland, Oregon at 7:30 A.M on August 21, to the West Coast. Moreover, from July 21, the airline will be holding contests for the people of Alaska, across social channels that will give them an opportunity to win a seat on the flight.
In similar reports from Newsweek it has been said that Google and the scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have created a simulator, so that people all across the globe can preview how the solar eclipse will appear in the place where they live. The creation of the simulator is a part of the Eclipse Megamovie Project that has urged amateur astronomer from all across the world to contribute video that they have captured of the Eclipse in order to use it in a film chronicling its path.
Alaska Airline's Vice President of Marketing, Sangita Woerner, has said that as an airline, they have the power to provide a lifetime experience to the astronomy enthusiasts. Notably, the last total eclipse took place in 1918 and it was visible in the United States.