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Old 30-09-2017, 05:33 AM
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Did anyone see a lunar eclipse in flight ?

Last week I booked a ticket to Sydney. I considered to fly on Jan 31 during night to see the lunar eclipse (max: 13:30 UTC /23:30 AEST) which is visible in East Asia and Australia.
But the flights which were affordable/convenient arrive too early in SYD (before sunset / eclipse) or arrive early morning which means the eclipse takes place when still in daylight above the Indian Ocean or Asia.

So I booked a few days later.

My question is: did somebody see a lunar eclipse in-flight ?

The only nice view of the (non-eclipsed) Full Moon was a moonset on a flight Dubai-Johannesburg in 2013.
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Hi,

Even if you fly during the eclipse at night, the Moon will be more or less near the zenith during totality. You won't be able to see it. If considering viewing any eclipse, solar or lunar from a scheduled, regular flight, you have to consider the plane vector, whether the events altitude and azimuth are suitable. If the Sun or Moon are low in the sky but in front or behind the aircraft you can't see them. Anything above 30 degrees altitude starts getting difficult and at 45 degrees, you need to be kneeling on the floor.

Enjoy your trip, forget about the eclipse.

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