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Forget storm chasing, that’s a cinch when you compare it to what former NASA photographer Ben Cooper and some colleagues of his did last weekend: eclipse chasing. Cooper captured the shot above from a charter jet going 500mph at 44,000ft in the air, but it was a near miss.
You see, they had to try and cross the Moon’s shadow as it moved across the Earth… and that puppy was shuffling right along at 8,000mph!
So you see why we say this is a bit tougher than storm chasing (no disrespect to storm chasers though… you guys have cojones of steel), when it comes to intercepting an eclipse you’ve got no time at all.
They were flying in a Dassault Falcon 900B, and as Cooper puts it:
There was zero margin of error, with the plane, traveling near 500mph and hitting the eclipse shadow where it touched down on earth at some 8,000mph, required to hit a geographic point over the ocean at a precise instant.”