San Francisco To Paris In Two Minutes

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago

SF to Paris in Two Minutes from Beep Show on Vimeo.


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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Male 1,164
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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Male 12,138
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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Male 181
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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Male 2,514
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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Male 1,108
@vulture19, if you`re at the north pole isn`t everywhere south?
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Male 12,138
"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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Male 15,832
[quote]cool video, but what the hell is the flight path for that trip?[/quote]
To answer that question, you will need a globe and a piece of string.
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Male 842
@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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Male 1,744
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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Male 181
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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Female 71
i`ve made that flight multiple times and never saw the Aurora Borealis
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Female 1,743
music was obnoxious.
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Male 965
Planes? Aurora Borealis? When do the langoliers show up?
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Male 25,416
That was very cool!
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Female 535
I want to live in SF.
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Male 322
@Powwser, they didn`t. Look at the end pics, they had a camera set up to click.
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Male 2,553
>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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Male 1,587
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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Female 4,349
perty, very perty.
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Male 1,451
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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Male 1,377
That was awesome! I wish I was there to see the Aurora Borealis up close!
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Female 36
I can`t believe they stayed up the whole trip to take pictures!
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Male 1,582
I could have dealt without the crappy music
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Male 81
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Female 8,044
Link: San Francisco To Paris In Two Minutes [Rate Link] - 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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