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Date: 04/09/11 12:54 PM

25 Responses to San Francisco To Paris In Two Minutes

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    April 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm
    Link: San Francisco To Paris In Two Minutes - Amazing time lapse video complete with the Aurora Borealis. Who doesn`t have time for a 2 minute flight to Paris?
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    Ujelly Male 30-39
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    April 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    Kitteh9lives IRL
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    Justin9235 Male 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm
    I could have dealt without the crappy music
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    powsser Female 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm
    I can`t believe they stayed up the whole trip to take pictures!
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    Smutleybutt Male 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm
    That was awesome! I wish I was there to see the Aurora Borealis up close!
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    Spider_sol Male 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm
    Just imagine how much cooler the Aurora Borealis would`ve been had they sat on the other side of the plane, that way they would`ve been facing north.
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    April 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    perty, very perty.
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    tn11 Male 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    Wow they saw the aurora borealis that well looking south out of the plane, imagine how it would have looked while looking north! I think it would be cooler... also, I`m surprised there is a direct flight from SF to Paris, you don`t have to go to LAX or Chicago or Georgia or something.
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    GRadde Male 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm
    >Powser
    Who says they did? It seems to be a rather thought-out projekt, what with the fitted stand. What`s to say that they didn`t program it to take a picture at regular intervals throughout the trip?
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    apermal Male 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm
    @Powwser, they didn`t. Look at the end pics, they had a camera set up to click.
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    mts2457 Female 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    I want to live in SF.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    April 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm
    That was very cool!
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    Skythe Male 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    Planes? Aurora Borealis? When do the langoliers show up?
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    nubblins Female 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm
    music was obnoxious.
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    omgitsher Female 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm
    i`ve made that flight multiple times and never saw the Aurora Borealis
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    vulture19 Male 30-39
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    April 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm
    How did the Aurora Borealis wind up in the southern sky? Seriously, the POV on this was from the right side of the plane on an easterly flight.

    Calling BS on this one.
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    phoneybone Male 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    cool video, but what the hell is the flight path for that trip? I`d figure they just fly east, maybe w/ a stop of on the east coast for a re-fuel before hopping the Atlantic, not some crazy northern arc.
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    Djer Male 18-29
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    April 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm
    @Phoneybone: For some transatlantic flights the planes usually fly north-east over the pole because it`s a shorter route (I flew from Chicago to Munich last summer, and we took an arcing route too. The stewardess explained it when I asked about it)
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    April 9, 2011 at 11:16 pm
    cool video, but what the hell is the flight path for that trip?
    To answer that question, you will need a globe and a piece of string.
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    davymid Male 30-39
    12151 posts
    April 9, 2011 at 11:21 pm
    "cool video, but what the hell is the flight path for that trip? I`d figure they just fly east, maybe w/ a stop of on the east coast for a re-fuel before hopping the Atlantic, not some crazy northern arc."

    Ah, don`t be fooled by the typical map projection most of us are familiar with - when we try to display a curved surface (such as the earth) on a flat sheet (as we do in a map), we have to distort it at some cost to accuracy. Although it appears the shortest route should be a straight line drawn with a ruler from E-W on a flat map, the true shortest distance is described by a "Great Circle". Which is why long-distance transatlantic flights go over Greenland.

    Dammit, Ollie beat me to it. Well said sir.
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    Handsompod Male 30-39
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    April 10, 2011 at 4:02 am
    @vulture19, if you`re at the north pole isn`t everywhere south?
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    April 10, 2011 at 4:37 am
    The video image must have been reversed.

    As it is shown, the camera is facing out of the starboard side of the plane, which would happen to be the southern facing side on this particular flight. But the camera would have to be facing north to see the Aurora Borealis.
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    vulture19 Male 30-39
    181 posts
    April 10, 2011 at 4:58 am
    Here is the path of a non-stop SFO-PAR flight. (It`s actually the same flight)

    This is about as north as that flight got

    The aurora extended about a third of the way to the horizon. At best the flight was at 66°N.

    The lights seem pretty far south. My trig is good, but too many assumptions need to be made to figure this one out.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    April 10, 2011 at 9:41 am
    As for the latitude, I`ve spent many winter evenings in southern Labrador (NE Canada), way south of that flightpath, and the aurora literally filled the sky in all directions. That`s relatively close to the Magnetic North Pole (which shifts, very different to the "true" north pole).

    I`m calling no shenanigans.
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    Linkenberger Male 18-29
    1164 posts
    April 12, 2011 at 10:27 am
    Unless you live in Canada, you don`t get to call fakes on the northern lights.

    Canada or Greenland. Southern warm-weathered posers.

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