Astroimagers Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre are longtime friends and contributors to Astronomy. Last week, during that phenomenal outbreak of aurorae generated in the wake of the big solar flare, they caught some magnificent images during their flight from Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California. “It was Thursday, March 8,” said Imelda, “and we were cruising at an altitude of 34,000 feet (10,360 meters) somewhere over Minnesota.”
I just saw the conjunction a few hours ago. Then the all - too - common fog and clouds moved in, yet again. How many people in that jet realize how fast they would check out at that altitude if that jet lost cabin pressure, or how they would literally freeze solid in in an hour at the temperature outside that plastic window? Enjoy the aurora views until the oil gets too expensive to use it for very many jets. I wonder if liquefied natural gas could get a plane up there. It will run a turbine engine just fine.