It’s been 99 years since the last total solar eclipse was visible all around the U.S. And now for two lucky contest winners, Airbnb and National Geographic are offering up front row seats to watch this stunning event take place on August 21.
The winners will arrive in Oregon one day before the eclipse, where they’ll be shown to their custom dome accommodations located in Smith Rock, an area known for its hiking and camping. The secluded base camp will come complete with a bed and kitchenette, as well as a variety of telescopes and an observation deck.
The guests will be greeted by Dr. Jedidah Isler, an explorer and the first African American woman to receive a PhD in Astrophysics from Yale University. The first evening will feature a one-on-one dinner with Dr. Isler, who will be able to answer all moon, sun and earth-related questions. The entire two-day period will also be captured by Babak Tafreshi, a National Geographic photographer and science journalist, who will also provide a lesson on how to photograph the night sky and the total solar eclipse.
On August 21, the two lucky winners will be treated to a two-hour flight on a private jet over the Pacific Ocean to watch the eclipse, which will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. They’ll be two of the first people able to take in the sight.
For those interested in entering the Night of the Solar Eclipse Contest, which is open to American and Canadians residents (excluding Quebec) aged 21 years or older, you have until August 10 to submit between 50 and 550 characters answering the question: “On August 21, 2017, millions of people from all walks of life will come together along a narrow band of the U.S., united by the desire to experience a rare astronomical event: a total solar eclipse. Tell us why you think this phenomenon is bringing people together, and why you want to be a part of it?”
If you’d like to enter, we suggest you do it quickly. It may be another 99 years until we see another eclipse like this one.