Orbital Path 7: Chasing a Total Solar Eclipse

total solar eclipse

Michael Kentrianakis loves viewing a total solar eclipse and has seen them from all over the world. Host Michelle Thaller and Mike talk about the stages of the eclipse we can see in his video that went viral a few months ago after an Alaska Airlines flight. That flight was diverted for better eclipse viewing thanks to Joe Rao, who has convinced airlines to do this before. We’ll hear how he pulled it off and learn where best to view the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.

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Episode Extras

Viewing solar eclipse from an airplane

Mike Kentrianakis taking a photo of the eclipse.

Solar Filter Eclipse

Mike viewing the eclipse with a solar filter.

Joe Rao

Joe Rao and the captain.

Eclipse Chasers

Full group of eclipse chasers on the flight.

Photos courtesy of Michael Kentrianakis.

Orbital Path is produced by PRX and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Don't miss PRX's other science podcasts: Transistor and Outside Magazine.

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