Are You an Umbraphile?

 Antoine Caron Astronomers Studying an Eclipse [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Antoine Caron Astronomers Studying an Eclipse [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

An Umbraphile is someone who seeks out the shadow of the moon.

Today, March 8th, 2016 Alaska Airline flight 870 has altered it's flight plan to allow for viewing of the eclipse from the plane.

What a great gesture on their part. In my opinion, Alaska is an airline that has not forgotten that flying can be a great experience. A couple of years ago on a flight from Seattle to Hawaii, on my birthday, they brought out a small cake and had the entire plane sing Happy Birthday to me.

But back to the topic at hand; Eclipse.

This is all over the place today:

Alaska Airlines Blog: http://blog.alaskaair.com/alaska-airlines/news/eclipse-flight/

The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/7/11174802/solar-eclipse-march-2016-alaska-airlines-flight-870

Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/alaska-airlines-will-adjust-a-flight-plan-so-passengers-1763354295

NPR: Here's an NPR article from 2010 talking about umbraphiles in an airplane - http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2010/07/08/128386325/on-sunday-umbraphiles-will-watch-total-solar-eclipse-from-39-000-feet

 

Glenn Schneider has a catalog of previous solar eclipses : http://nicmosis.as.arizona.edu:8000/UMBRAPHILLIA.html

More:

http://www.eclipse2017.org

http://www.greatamericaneclipse.com