Thanks to Southwest, you can view the solar eclipse from 30,000 feet up

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Thanks to Southwest, you can view the solar eclipse from 30,000 feet up

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Austin has gotten to see eclipses in the recent past, including this one in 2012, but we'll get a total eclipse next month, when the moon will completely block out the sun.

Next month’s total solar eclipse is getting galactic-sized attention — after all, the last time one of these solar phenomenons was visible from North America was 1979, and this time, much of the country will get to see the moon covering the sun. 

That’s not so true for Texas, which is getting only partial visibility of the Aug. 21 eclipse in many parts of the state, including Austin, where we’ll see about 65 percent of the sun being obscured. But Southwest Airlines has a solution: a set of five flights that the airline has figured out will give their lucky passengers a sterling view 30,000 feet in the air.

The five flights serve as the best opportunity to see the eclipse from the air, according to the Tennessean. Plus, passengers on those flights will get special eclipse-viewing glasses (because you should never glimpse an eclipse with the naked eye), as well as “cosmic cocktails.” 

If you’d like to snag a seat on board one of the eclipse-friendly airlines, these are the ones you’ll want to seek out: flight 1375 from Seattle to St. Louis, flight 1368 from Portland to St. Louis, flight 1577 from Denver to St. Louis, flight 301 from Denver to Nashville, and flight 1969 from Denver to Atlanta. Don’t forget to check in 24 hours before the plane takes off to get a primo window seat.

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