Solar Eclipse sighting at 30,000 feet

Above: Video footage of the Lufthansa Airbus A340 flight piloted by Captain Marko-Cyrus Müller and the solar eclipse witnessed onboard and while flying at 30,000 feet near Greenwood, South Carolina. Video: © Lufthansa. This video is on YouTube and is found on TimeWerke Videos.

While there was a total solar eclipse over North America on 21 August 2017, not all the US states enjoyed it in its full glory.

As noted by eclipse expert Fred Espenak, a retired NASA astrophysicist, this August 2017 total solar eclipse was visible within a narrow corridor traversing the United States from the Pacific Northwest to the Southeast crossing 14 states.

The 14 states being Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina including a tiny corner of Montana and Iowa.

Captain Marko-Cyrus Müller and the co-pilot of Lufthansa flight LH521 from Mexico City to Munich, Germany, both wearing the special eyewear that protects the eyes from the Sun. Photo: © Lufthansa.

Elsewhere in North America, the northern third of South America and westernmost Europe and Africa, a partial eclipse was sighted within the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbral shadow.

Lufthansa Airbus A340 in flight. Photo: © Lufthansa.

On that day, the crew and passengers onboard the Lufthansa Airbus A340 flight LH521 from Mexico City to Munich had the pleasure of observing a partial solar eclipse of up to 95% while at 30,000 feet above ground near Greenwood, South Carolina.

Special eyewear protecting the eyes from the Sun were issued to the passengers and crew.

The flight path and the area where the solar eclipse will be sighted. We could not help but notice the wristwatch worn by Captain Marko-Cyrus Müller which is most probably an Apple smartwatch. Photo: © Lufthansa.

The aircraft’s flight path with a routing via Houston passing by Atlanta towards New York City, allowed the solar eclipse sighting within the vicinity of Atlanta, said Lufthansa flight LH521 Captain Marko-Cyrus Müller.