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Alaska Airlines Flight 870 Changes Schedule To Catch Solar Eclipse

When you can't move the Earth, moon or sun, you move your airline flight. That's exactly what Alaska Airlines did on March 8th with their scheduled flight from Anchorage to Honolulu.

The original flight would have been 25 minutes early, but by moving back the schedule, they put a group of astronomers, and everyone else on board the 737, right in the middle of a total solar eclipse. And based the commentary from the Joe Rao, the person filming the eclipse, everyone was pretty excited.

The moon's shadow was 68 miles wide and 500 miles long, completely blocking the sun for 1 minute and 53 seconds. Check it out.

Video via: Alaska Airlines

Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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