National Geographic and Airbnb are partnering to take two eclipse enthusiasts above the clouds for an experience well beyond the confines of the earth. They can witness the August 21 solar eclipse while staying in a geodesic dome in the Oregon wilderness, joined by a noted astrophysicist and a master night-sky photographer.
The Night at Solar Eclipse experience starts the day before the eclipse. Guests will be taken to a custom geodesic dome surrounded by an observation deck equipped with a variety of telescopes and outfitted with everything they’ll need need to set out on expedition. Located near Smith Rock, a world-renowned destination for rock climbing and hiking, their home for the night will offer a spectacular and secluded base camp, set against a backdrop of Oregon wilderness.
Dr. Jedidah Isler, a National Geographic Explorer and internationally recognized scholar who was the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Yale University will join guests for an intimate dinner under the stars, sharing her passion for the power of natural phenomena. They will also meet Babak Tafreshi, a National Geographic photographer and science journalist, who will teach how to capture the night sky.
The next day, guests and their host – Dr. Isler, and a small crew will board a small private jet at Redmond Municipal Airport. They will embark on a two hours flight over the Pacific ocean and then start return along the Path of Totality, becoming one of very few people to witness the first moments of the eclipse. If there’s cloud cover (which is pretty likely off the Oregon coast), they will also be able to see a reflection of the eclipse on the cloud bank below the plane—a spectacular sight that even the most ardent eclipse chaser might wait a lifetime to witness.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience is totally free. Visit Airbnb to enter.