Sky & Telescopeʼs 2019 Flight into Totality

See the total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019, from cloud-free skies at 37,000 feet on our chartered A320 aircraft.

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Observe totality on July 2, 2019, aboard an A320-200 aircraft flying at 37,000 feet.
Latam Airlines

Did you know there’s a way to virtually guarantee that you’ll see totality on July 2, 2019?

Sky & Telescope's editors have partnered with Latam Airlines to provide a chartered flight into the eclipse path off the coast of Chile. From the vantage point of an A320 aircraft flying 37,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, you’ll be high above any clouds that might lurk below.

Even better, you’ll see the eclipsed Sun in remarkable, jaw-dropping ways — the sky will be darker, the air thinner, and the corona more striking than is possible from the ground. You’ll be captivated as the Moon’s shadow overtakes the plane at supersonic speed. And you’ll see up to 3¼ minutes of totality (vs. no more than 2½ minutes from the Chilean coast).

Totality seen from an aircraft in 2016

Scores of lucky passengers got to view the totally eclipsed Sun on March 8, 2016, aboard Alaska Airlines flight 870, which intercepted the Moon's shadow over the Pacific Ocean.
Dan McGlaun / eclipse2024.org

Our flight will depart from Santiago, Chile, and return there after the eclipse. The map below shows the range of possible flight paths calculated by Dr. Glenn Schneider, the unrivaled master of midair eclipse intercepts.

Our proposed, 2½-hour flight plan calls for departure from Santiago's Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport at about 3:20 p.m. (local time) on eclipse day. We'll fly to an intercept track over the Pacific Ocean just west of La Serena. This will allow you to view the final stages of the partial eclipse prior to 2nd Contact, all of totality, and partial phases immediately after 3rd Contact. Depending on our exact departure time, winds aloft, and other factors, we'll experience totality lasting 2m 56s to 3s 16s.

2019 eclipse air intercept map

This map shows the range of possible flight paths (yellow) and totality segments (red) for S&T's eclipse flight on July 2, 2019. Included are the time of mid-eclipse, duration of totality, and altitude of the Sun for each path.
Sky & Telescope / Glenn Schneider; map data: Xavier Jubier / Google

Our flight includes:
• preflight briefing at the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport
• reserved row assignment for eclipse viewing
• generous carry-on allowance for your viewing and/or camera gear
• lunch before the flight, beverages while airborne, and dinner after the flight

Not included:
• international airfare to/from Santiago or any local accommodations
• our plane has no power outlets or WiFi in the passenger cabin

Gregory Woodard captures totality

Eclipse chaser Gregory Woodard captures the total solar eclipse on August 1, 2008, aboard an S&T-sponsored flight over the North Atlantic Ocean.
Sky & Telescope / J. Kelly Beatty

Chile is a wonderfully scenic country with amazing scenery, friendly citizens, delicious food, and world-class wines. Our travel partner, Chile Destinations, can arrange for your airfare to/from Santiago, local accommodations before or after the flight, and optional sightseeing extensions.

Once final arrangements are complete in early May, we’ll start taking reservations for the roughly 50 eclipse-chasers who’ll be aboard our flight into totality. This page will be updated once the signup process begins. In the meantime, contact Kelly Beatty if you have questions or wish to be notified as soon as we begin accepting reservations.