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11-yr-old photographer onboard solar eclipse flight

Jul 22, 2009 02:51 AM IST India India

New Delhi: Child prodigy Shreya has never been more excited. She is the youngest member onboard the solar eclipse flight. The 11-year-old photographer can't wait to capture the beautiful celestial phenomenon. “It will give me pictures that I will never get again. I have got this new cannon SLR camera especially for this. Now I am looking for the special lens with the black film that will help me see the eclipse,” a visibly excited Shreya said. So what is the eclipse flight all about? For the first time in India a passenger flight is being taken to see the eclipse at 41,000 feet above the ground. The three-hour flight will fly towards and hold over Gaya till its eclipse time. Gaya is one of the few places in India that will see the total solar eclipse. “Chances of seeing the eclipse increase by 90 per cent if you go above the clouds,” expert Ajay Talwar explained. Not just on air even on ground there are groups who are planning expeditions to places in locations like China, Patna and Taregana where the total eclipse will be visible. “Astronomers and students are moving to the totality belt. We are trying to keep in touch with all of them through our website,” Nehru Planetarium Director Dr N Ratnashree said. Since this eclipse is occurring during monsoon you might miss it due to the clouds. But for lucky few on the eclipse flight, it will be a sight of a lifetime.

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