Total Eclipse in March 2015

I am enroute to the shadow of the Moon again!  I am currently in central Europe – visiting Prague in the Czech Republic – then heading by train to Dusseldorf where our eclipse flight is scheduled to take off early in the morning of March 20.  All of the Scandinavian countries and the UK will experience a significant partial eclipse, so if you live in these regions be prepared!  And get outside to look up on eclipse day.  The eclipse should make a big splash in the local media as well. I’ll be back in early April with awesome new pics and video so keep coming back.

Find out more about this eclipse here.

Here are the details of my eclipse chase:

My 21st eclipse will be a first!  After no eclipse chasing for two years, my return to the bliss of totality will take place 37,000 ft. above the Earth!  Many have seen eclipses from the air – and, indeed, I was supposed to have seen one in 2010 but it was unceremoniously cancelled at the last minute.  Hope I make it to the skies this time …


A winter eclipse in the north.  Global Path of the Total Solar Eclipse March 20 2015.  From Jay Anderson.

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This eclipse never touches ground!  It’s all ocean!  Except for a few remote islands, the path of this eclipse is only visible from the North Sea and the frozen ocean around the North Pole.  Not where you want to be sloshing around in a boat in the dark and the cold of winter!  These types of marine expeditions are very tough.  Even if you’re headed to one of those remote islands – like The Faroes – as a few expeditions are attempting.  But there is another way.


Chasing the eclipse in a plane.

A bunch of us have chartered an aircraft to fly from Dusseldorf, Germany, into the path of the eclipse and above the clouds where our chance of seeing the eclipse is almost 100%.  You can’t do this with every eclipse.  The celestial mechanics need to be just right – the Moon and Sun coming together out the window and not overhead – and that is exactly what is going to happen.  Because of the precise nature of the predictions that are possible in astronomy, we can tell exactly where the eclipse will appear in the sky – and for how long.  This allows us to position the plane directly in the path of totality to not only guarantee a perfect view, but extend the duration of the total eclipse as well.  If you fly with the Moon’s shadow – in the same direction as it’s moving – you can stay hidden from the Sun a bit longer.

Row 12

A regular passenger view or a window on the universe?

My eclipse chasing friend Chris Malicki and I will occupy Row 12 of our Air Berlin Boeing 737-800 aircraft.  There’s just enough room for two beaming faces and a camera!  Note that the other side of the plane will be empty because the view from there will be useless. So it’s off to Germany!




9 responses to “Total Eclipse in March 2015

  1. Have fun! I should be a unique experience. Birds eye view, looking down at the clouds. But I’m sure you’ll be looking up!

  2. Thanks Andre! Great to hear from you. Can’t wait for this once-in-a-lifetime experience! Look for the full report with great pics and video in April 2015.

  3. Hi i’m living in the Netherlands so its possible for me to see this eclipse:), and wow i’d love to be on that plane!

  4. I’m flying Berlin to Copenhagen (09.15 – 10.15) and Copenhagen to Reykjavik (12.20 – 14.40). Am i following the eclipse or am i totally gonna miss it?

  5. You will be on the ground in Copenhagen for the maximum phase of the eclipse! Make sure you get eye protection and go outside and look UP! Don’t miss this! Thanks for visiting.

  6. You’re amazing! I won’t get to see this one from the Caribbean but have a wonderful experience!

  7. What a view that must’ve been, can’t wait to see photos! Wish I was on that flight too, I live around Dusseldorf and all I could see was clouds and a foggy 1 minute of eclipse. Did manage to take a photo though.

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