A chartered Russian plane flies over the Arctic to give passengers a rare view of the total solar eclipse above the clouds. Gavino Garay reports.
Climb aboard this specially chartered Russian plane in the Arctic city of Murmansk and take a journey to see the sight of a lifetime. Unobstructed by clouds, passengers get front row seats to a celestial marvel. Eventually the time comes -- a total solar eclipse. Day turns to night as the moon casts its shadow above the clouds. (NAT SOUND - PEOPLE CHEERING) For about two and a half minutes, a 'ring of fire' appears around the sun. Marina traveled from St. Petersburg to catch a glimpse for herself. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PLANE PASSENGER FROM ST. PETERSBURG, MARINA, SAYING: "I have seen a solar eclipse. It is awesome. There are no words to express what I was feeling. Because it is just unimaginable happiness, shared by everybody here at the same moment. Everybody at the same moment, the whole plane was in ecstasy." The eclipse was partially visible in parts of Europe, Africa and Asia, but nothing looked quite like this unobstructed view above the clouds.