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Neil deGrasse Tyson Fan Club
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Neil deGrasse Tyson ‏@neiltyson
In a sunset plane ride from NYC to LA, if you flew 850 mph you would cancel Earth's rotation, freezing the Sun on the horizon
https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/393740098459537408

Neil deGrasse Tyson ‏@neiltyson 
Planes fly between 500 & 650 mph, so east-west sunset flights don't freeze the Sun, but they beautifully prolong twilight.
https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/393741802458456064

Neil deGrasse Tyson ‏@neiltyson
Supersonic planes can fly east-west fast enough to reverse Sunsets, landing at a clock time earlier than when they took off.
https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/393743532256555008

Photo: http://traveljapanblog.com/wordpress/2011/06/leg-2-portland-to-amsterdam/
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Ricky King5 months ago
+Neil deGrasse Tyson Fan Club at what altitude? +1
James Lauerman5 months ago
Cool!
Not likely too critical as the atmosphere is in scale about the thickness of the skin of an apple to the apple. Usually anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 ft  ( 6 - 8 miles) +1
George Myers5 months ago
I wonder what John Glenn saw when he broke the west to east record from California to Floyd Bennett Field. His return total record was held up by air traffic!
Jack Etheridge5 months ago
Would this effect the passage of time as well?
Jovica Popovic5 months ago
Yeah, I remember flying from Beijing to Frankfurt, some 9 hour flight. Took off in early afternoon and the Sun moved what looked like three hours time. Totally messed me up.
Stephen Yang5 months ago
That's a pretty A330.
Richard Pattee5 months ago
As a kid I have watched the sun go down for hours in the engineers seat flying back from Europe.