The Best View for the Supermoon May Be on This Plane


Qantas will run a one-time scenic flight from Sydney to offer an ideal view of the supermoon.

Australians will have some of the best views of the “Super Blood Moon” this week, but passengers on a one-time flight departing from Sydney will have an even better view.

Australian airline Qantas will operate a three-hour flight on Wednesday (Tuesday evening in the United States), in which about 100 passengers will see the moon entering the Earth’s shadow and turn blood red during a full lunar eclipse.

An astronomer from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia’s National Science and Research Agency worked with flight pilots to “design optimal flight paths”, an airline statement said. Astronomer Vanessa Moss will also board the plane to educate travelers on the lunar event.

The statement said the flight would climb to an altitude of 43,000 feet, “above any possible cloud cover and atmosphere pollution”, the maximum altitude for the aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. “Cosmic Cocktails and Supermoon Cakes” will be served.

Qantas Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully said the flight was “designed for people with a passion for astronomy, science, space photography, aviation or wanting to do something a little out of this world.”

This month, tickets started selling for 499 Australian dollars (about $ 386) for the economy class and 1,499 Australian dollars (about $ 1,162) for the business class.

Stamps sold In less than half an hour.

The flight will depart Sydney Airport and return to Sydney Airport, starting on a scenic route over Sydney Harbor. Australia’s travel restrictions are among the most stringent in the world, with the government largely banning international travel into or out of the country even for its citizens.

Other “flights went nowhere” during the entire epidemic as airlines scrambled to manage a sharp drop in travel. In October, a Qantas flight flew over the northern region of Australia, Queensland and New South Wales, departing and landing from Sydney. Flight tickets sold out in 10 minutes.

Climate activists have criticized the flights as unnecessary and harmful to the environment. Qantas noted that it would take carbon emissions to net zero for its supermoon flight.

For those who will not be on a supermoon flight, the lunar event will be visible mostly from Australia, East Asia, the islands of the Pacific, and Western America.

The moon will be closest to Earth at 11:50 am Australian Eastern Standard Time, but on the west coast of the United States, visuals will begin at 1:47 pm Pacific time on Wednesday.



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