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People clamor to special solar eclipse plane flight

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A Delhi-based organization is organizing a special plane flight to watch the century’s longest scheduled solar eclipse from 41,000 feet above ground – and people who are wanting to watch the eclipse up close and personal have been jumping at the chance.

The flight is being set up by Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) and Cox and Kings India, with the guidance of the Eclipse Chasers Athenaeum (ECA).

The flight will take off from New Delhi at 4:30 a.m. on July 22, and fly towards Gaya, Bihar, where it will hover for the flight’s three-hour duration. Gaya is expected to be under total eclipse.

The plane’s seats have been divided into two categories : sun-side, which will be facing towards the eclipse for most of the flight time, and earth-side, which are on the other side of the plane. Sun-side seats are selling $1,630 each, while earth-side seats are selling for around $600.

The agency reports that about 80% of the seats have already been taken.