Solar eclipse 2017 viewing conditions, where to watch, and Alaska Airlines’ eclipse flight

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Total Solar Eclipse

America is going to be treated with one of the best solar eclipses of 2017 – a total solar eclipse – on August 21.

Viewability of the August 21 total solar eclipse is being looked into right now by scientific organizations in the US including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA has used hourly climate data from more than 800 weather stations to map viewability percentages for the total solar eclipse on August 21. The probabilities are based on data logged from 2001 to 2010. According to NOAA data viewers in the heartland and Intermountain West are at the best odds to view the solar eclipse because of clear blue skies.

Along the total eclipse path, morning humidity in Oregon and afternoon pop-up storms in the Southeast yielded higher probabilities of cloud cover in those regions.

If you want to watch the solar eclipse from high up in the sky, Alaska Airlines is offering a few lucky people the chance to see the eclipse from over 35,000 feet in the air. As many as 50 people will get a chance to enjoy the solar eclipse from high up in the sky, but you won’t be able to book a seat on this year’s flight. The flight is by invitation-only for astronomers and “serious eclipse-chasers,” though the airline is offering a prize of two seats in a contest that starts July 21 on Alaska Airlines’ social media channels. Just don’t forget your official eclipse viewing glasses.

Below is the map of the best places to view the total solar eclipse on

Below are the top 10 places in America to watch the August 2017 solar eclipse:

  1. Lincoln Beach (Oregon)
  2. Salem (Oregon)
  3. Idaho Falls (Idaho)
  4. Casper (Wyoming)
  5. Lincoln (Nebraska)
  6. St Louis (Missouri)
  7. Paducah (Kentucky)
  8. Nashville (Tennessee)
  9. Columbia (South Carolina)
  10. Charleston (South Carolina)

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