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San Francisco To Paris In Two Minutes

Hits: 15281 | Rating: (2.5) | Category: Travel | Added by: kitteh9lives
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Linkenberger
Male, 18-29, Canada
 1121 Posts
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 10:27:36 AM
Unless you live in Canada, you don't get to call fakes on the northern lights.

Canada or Greenland. Southern warm-weathered posers.

davymid
Male, 30-39, Europe
 11784 Posts
Sunday, April 10, 2011 9:41:49 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.

vulture19
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 224 Posts
Sunday, April 10, 2011 4:58:18 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.

RobSwindol
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2372 Posts
Sunday, April 10, 2011 4:37:51 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.

Handsompod
Male, 30-39, Europe
 1105 Posts
Sunday, April 10, 2011 4:02:27 AM
@vulture19, if you're at the north pole isn't everywhere south?

davymid
Male, 30-39, Europe
 11784 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 11:21:29 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.

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 11746 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 11:16:28 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.

Djer
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 843 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 9:42:03 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)

phoneybone
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1750 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 7:53:45 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.

vulture19
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 224 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 7:33:25 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.

omgitsher
Female, 18-29, Western US
 72 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 7:00:03 PM
i've made that flight multiple times and never saw the Aurora Borealis

nubblins
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 1753 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 5:39:47 PM
music was obnoxious.

Skythe
Male, 18-29, Western US
 948 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 3:28:25 PM
Planes? Aurora Borealis? When do the langoliers show up?

Fatninja01
Male, 18-29, Australia
 24108 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 3:07:05 PM
That was very cool!

mts2457
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 540 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 2:39:27 PM
I want to live in SF.

apermal
Male, 18-29, Asia
 326 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 2:33:30 PM
@Powwser, they didn't. Look at the end pics, they had a camera set up to click.

GRadde
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2567 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 2:33:28 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?

tn11
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1601 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 1:47:55 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.

emmettyville
Female, 40-49, Australia
 4125 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 1:46:51 PM
perty, very perty.

Spider_sol
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1454 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 1:30:22 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.

Smutleybutt
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 851 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 1:20:35 PM
That was awesome! I wish I was there to see the Aurora Borealis up close!

powsser
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 36 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 1:09:15 PM
I can't believe they stayed up the whole trip to take pictures!

Justin9235
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1582 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 1:01:34 PM
I could have dealt without the crappy music

Ujelly
Male, 30-39, Europe
 86 Posts
Saturday, April 09, 2011 12:59:39 PM
Kitteh9lives IRL

kitteh9lives
Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1287 Posts
Friday, April 08, 2011 8:05:16 PM
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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