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Watching the Solar Eclipse at 35,000 Feet

It sounds like these passengers definitely enjoyed the experience.

<p>Alaska Airlines // YouTube</p>

Wednesday's solar eclipse turned out to be a very unique viewing experience for some Alaska Airlines passengers. The airline re-routed Flight #870 that was going from Anchorage to Honolulu so that people on board could see the only solar eclipse of 2016 from 35,000 feet (11 km) up.

The request to re-route the flight came from the many astronomers on the flight who were excited about the possibility of viewing the eclipse from a plane. From the reaction of the man filming and the hearty cheering in the background, it sounds like this flight was definitely full of space nerds.

via Alaska Airlines

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