The following is an excerpt from Becke Perlow | March 8, 2016 | abcnews.go.com |
If one man can change the world, then one man can certainly change a flight path.
And that’s exactly what Joe Rao did.
Rao, an associate astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York (where celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson works), is an eclipse chaser, or someone who traverses the globe in search of that perfect moment when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun.
So in 2015, while trying to figure out where to view the eclipse and wondering whether any planes would be in a good position, he discovered that an Alaska Airlines flight traveling from Anchorage, Alaska, to Honolulu would be passing directly through the path of today’s event.
The catch? Passengers would only see the eclipse if the flight was changed to depart 25 minutes later than planned.
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