Several flights are being booked by astro-nuts in China who want to see the upcoming supermoon in all its glory.
September 27th is the due date for a strange coincidence. A supermoon, lunar eclipse and the Moon Festival (which is all the rage in Asia) are going to occur on the same day. Moon lovers and “luna-tics” in China and parts of Asia are going to view the most luminescent moon to appear the entire year.
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It has been three decades since a supermoon and lunar eclipse have happened at same time. In order to celebrate the surprise occurrence, travel agencies are making arrangements for flights. People will travel up above the ground level so that they could favorably view the supermoon.
Spring Airlines, which has reasonably-priced tickets, is offering over a hundred flights around the time when the supermoon will make its appearance in the night sky. It is often during such festivals when a nostalgia for one’s homeland is at its height.
The Chinese celebrate the Moon Festival with great aplomb. It is a time for rapprochement and a general cementing of human relations. Families share quality time with each other and often eat foodstuff beneath the full moon. The comestibles include certain delicacies known as mooncakes.
"Festivals are the days when homesickness is at its worst," Yi Mao, the airline's head of marketing, tells CNN. "And Moon Festival is an important festival for the Chinese. We hope the moon-viewing flights will take care of the emotional needs of our customers who are still on the road during the festival."
The moon-gazing flights will surely fulfill the desires of the travelers who are on their way to their native land for the sake of observing the festival. The view of the supermoon will be one of clarity and precision from aboard the flight.
Passengers are being told to sit on the right when enroute from Shanghai to Tokyo aboard Spring Airlines. That way they can catch a glimpse or two of the supermoon.
However, if someone is aboard the flight to Hong Kong, then they ought to sit on the left side. Some of the traditional practices associated with the Moon Festival include: penning down verses and searching for clues as to lantern riddles.
The travelers are encouraged to take along their cameras and take quality pictures of the supermoon. However, they are advised by the airline staff to avoid turning on their mobile phones while on board the flight.
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A supermoon is 14% bigger and has 30% more luminosity than an average lunar view. As for the eclipse, it may be seen in many parts of the world such as: the Americas, Europe, Africa, West Asia and the East Pacific. The eclipse will last for an hour and 12 minutes. It will indeed be a sight to behold in all its marvelous magnificence.