Total Solar Eclipse of 2021 December 4
in Antarctica or from a stratospheric eclipse flight
The point of greatest eclipse (totality phase during 1 min 54 sec) lies just at the edge of the Antarctic continent. The eclipse is the next in Saros after the historic total on 2003 November 23. I’ll propose three options: first for about 35,000€, an Ilyushin 76 cargo aircraft will fly you straight from Punta Arenas in southern Chile to Union Glacier in Antarctica from where the eclipse can be observed; second an eclipse flight (5,000 to 10,000€) and third an eclipse cruise on a yacht (10,000 to 40,000€).
To maximize the chances to see this eclipse, using an aircraft able to fly above any clouds can prove useful. This is why a stratospheric eclipse flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Union Glacier in Antarctica is under consideration. Due to its operational capabilities, the selected aircraft will be again the Dassault Falcon 7X business jet which was previously used during the 2015 March 20 total solar eclipse. This aircraft has the sufficient range to execute the return leg to Punta Arenas should the weather be bad enough to prohibit any landing at Union Glacier.
Simulation of the Dassault Falcon 7X "Antarctica" eclipse flight
Use of this simulation is strictly forbidden without my written approval. All commercial uses are subject to a fee for every planned flight.