Air Berlin has teamed up with Bonn-based tour operator, Eclipse Travel, to offer 88 passengers a unique opportunity to view the comet PAN-STARRS this Saturday. The comet is predicted to be at its longest over the weekend and passengers will get the chance to see it from 36,000 feet in the air.
The Boeing 737-700 flight is set to take off at 7.25 pm on Saturday and will last two hours. The comet is said to be most visible at 36,000 feet where the air is thinner and thus more transparent than on the ground. Tickets for the cosmic flight are priced between £168 and £444 and are available from the tour operator’s website.
The PAN-STARRS comet is already visible in the southern hemisphere and according to NASA, the comet “will make its closest approach to the Sun about 45 million kilometres away on 10th March. As it continues its nightly trek across the sky, the comet may get lost in the Sun’s glare but should return and be visible to the naked eye by March 12th. As time marches on March, the comet will begin to fade away slowly, becoming difficult to view (even with binoculars or small telescopes) by month’s end.”
Fans of astronomy won’t have to wait long for the next comet to grace our skies as comet ISON is also predicted to pass Earth this year in November. The comet is expected to be one of the brightest ever seen from Earth and could possibly shine brighter than the moon.