More dollars than cents…

or rupees than paise, as the case may be. In India, some eager entrepreneurs found a novel use for out-of-work aircraft during the recent solar eclipse. The Eclipse Chasers Athenaeum — a group of, as the name suggests, eclipse chasers and astronomers — together with a travel company, organised a three-hour flight to…ummm, chase the […]


or rupees than paise, as the case may be. In India, some eager entrepreneurs found a novel use for out-of-work aircraft during the recent solar eclipse. The Eclipse Chasers Athenaeum — a group of, as the name suggests, eclipse chasers and astronomers — together with a travel company, organised a three-hour flight to…ummm, chase the eclipse across the Indian heartland at 41,000 feet. The 42 aircraft seats came in four categories: The sun-side seats (offering the best view) on the right for only Rs 79,000 (US$1,634), middle seats at Rs 67,000, aisle seats at Rs 59,000 and the earth-side seats on the bargain price of only Rs 29,000. While the eclipse would be least visible from the earthside seats, enthusiasts on this side were able to photograph the lunar shadow moving over the Earth, the organisers enthused. Yah, sure…that sounds like a whole bunch of fun for only US$600! We’re thinking these people must have had sun stroke before they even caughta glimpse of the eclipse.