Photos: Great American Solar Eclipse Seen from a Plane

2017 Solar Eclipse Flight Poster

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A poster advertising Alaska Airline’s special 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse charter flight, which allowed passengers to see the epic event from 40,000 feet (12,200 meters) above Earth.

2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Charter Flight Path

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The flight path for the Alaska Airlines eclipse charter.

Not Dark Yet

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The view out the window, pre-eclipse.

Partial Solar Eclipse

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A sky-high view of the moon taking a bite out of the sun’s face.


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The total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, as seen from above the clouds.

Totality, Part 2

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Another view of totality.

Totality, Part 3

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And another one.

Totality: Close-Up

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A close-up of the totally eclipsed sun showing the wispy, super-hot solar atmosphere, which is known as the corona.

Totality Close-Up, Part 2

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Another view of the total eclipse and the solar corona.

Great American Eclipse: Wide View

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The long-awaited total solar eclipse of 2017 noticeably darkened skies along the path of totality, as this photo shows.

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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.