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Observation of a total solar eclipse from the Concorde

Solar eclipses are still interesting events to observe, since they enable detailed observations of the solar corona. However, these eclipses only last for a few minutes. Making use of the supersonic speed of the prototype of the Concorde, it was possible to follow a total eclipse for 74 minutes, which enabled the infrared emission of the corona to be observed, using a telescope on board the aircraft. To this day, this remains the only observation of this kind.

caption : Emblem of the mission with the Concorde 001 - credits : Observatoire de Paris