Total solar eclipse
Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Chase This Total Solar Eclipse by Airplane on April 8, 2024

This is your chance to see the total solar eclipse for more than a few minutes.

If you want to see a total eclipse of the sun, you can chase this total solar eclipse by airplane on Monday, April 8, 2024, when the path of a solar eclipse is forecast to cross from central Mexico over much of the central United States and into southeastern Canada…

Chase This Total Solar Eclipse by Airplane on April 8, 2024

Eclipse Chile
Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

…and Delta Air Lines is offering a special flight for umbraphiles who want to see the total solar eclipse for as long as possible. “Delta flight 1218 will be specifically operated on an A220-300, which will offer especially premium viewing due to the aircraft’s extra-large windows”, according to this article from the official Internet web site of Delta News Hub. “The flight will depart from Austin at 12:15 p.m. CT and land in Detroit at 4:20 p.m. ET — timed to give those on board the best chance of safely viewing the solar eclipse at its peak.”

At press time here at The Gate With Brian Cohen, the lowest one-way airfare from Austin to Detroit on Monday, April 8, 2024 was $578.10 for a seat in the economy class cabin…

a screenshot of a flight schedule
Source: Delta Air Lines.

…and a seat in the first class cabin will set you back financially by at least $1,429.10 for the flight, whose duration is three hours and five minutes.

Interactive Maps

If you prefer to be on the ground during the total eclipse of the sun and you want to specifically know where to go to best view it, the official total solar eclipse Internet web site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States — which is more popularly known as NASA — has a map.

Using Google Maps as the engine and created by Xavier M. Jubier, this interactive map of the total solar eclipse is an excellent way for you to pinpoint the precise location of where to maximize your viewing of the total eclipse of the sun — as well as gather other information about the eclipse in any location with one single click.

total solar eclipse map
Click on the image of the map to access its source. Interactive total solar eclipse map ©2006-2019 by Xavier M. Jubier.

There is even a spot on the map — which is shown in the above illustration in the form of a black dot in the center of the path of totality over Mexico just north of Durango — that shows the precise location of where you can view the longest duration of the total solar eclipse…

TSE 2024 General Circumstances:

  • Type: Total
  • Date:  2024 April 8
  • Time: 18:17:20.2 UT
  • Magnitude: 1.05656
  • Gamma: 0.34314
  • Saros: 139
  • Max. Duration: 04m28s
  • ΔT: 69.1s — σ = ±4s [±0.0°]

Bonus: How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipse glasses on lens
Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

When you have pinned down the location as to where you want to photograph the solar eclipse, how do you take pictures of it?

“We asked two veteran photographers to share their top tips for documenting the biggest astronomical event America has seen in years”, according to this article written by 

If you are unsure as to the best ways of photographing the solar eclipse, information in the aforementioned article includes researching the best locations; bringing the right equipment; getting creative with your photography — and even using your smartphone or other portable electronic device if you do not have the proper equipment.

Final Boarding Call

Total solar eclipse
Photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Start planning your travel as soon as possible if you are interested in seeing a total eclipse of the sun in the United States on Monday, April 8, 2024, as lodging will be more difficult to reserve. Be prepared to do a lot of driving.

Ensure that you are equipped with the proper glasses or filters for viewing it — and check the weather, as this total solar eclipse will occur during the rainy season in some areas, as April showers supposedly bring May flowers.

If you have the opportunity to see a total solar eclipse in person, do whatever you can to see it. Not everyone will be amazed by it; but I was.

Please refer to the following articles pertaining to the total solar eclipses which I experienced in the United States on Monday, August 21, 2017 and in Chile on Tuesday, July 2, 2019:

All photographs ©2017 and ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

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