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Marvel at the next supermoon and lunar eclipse from the sky on a Qantas scenic flight

The latest unique Qantas scenic flight has been revealed, offering passengers the chance to get a closer look at the supermoon and lunar eclipse.

Set to appear on May 26, 2021, the next supermoon will be the last and biggest one for the year, coming about 100 miles closer to Earth.

It will coincide with a full lunar eclipse, making it a rare double phenomenon. During this time, the moon is expected to turn red against the night sky.

To mark the occasion, Qantas will operate a three-hour scenic flight on one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. These aircraft offer the largest windows, ideal for moon gazing.

The supermoon Qantas scenic flight will depart from Sydney and begin with a flyover of the Harbour before climbing to an altitude of 43,000 feet for supermoon and lunar eclipse viewing.

Qantas supermoon scenic flight © Qantas

The next supermoon will coincide with a full lunar eclipse, causing it to turn red against the night sky © Canva

The moon will be at its closest point, coming within 357,311 kilometres of Earth at 11.50am AEST on May 26.

The total lunar eclipse will occur between 9.11pm and 9.25pm AEST when the moon is 357,462 km from earth.

CSIRO astronomer Dr Vanessa Moss will work with the pilots to design the optimal flight path. She will also be on board to provide insights into all things space and astronomy.

Passengers can also expect cosmic cocktails and supermoon cakes on the inflight menu.

How to buy your tickets for the supermoon scenic flight 

Tickets for the one-off flight will cost $499 for economy, $899 for premium economy and $1499 for business.

Fares will be on sale from midday on Wednesday 12 May 2021 on, with just over 100 seats available.

Qantas 787 Dreamliner © Canva

Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner has set off on a number of unique flights this year © Qantas

Qantas unique flight series

With limited travel options during the pandemic, Qantas has continued to keep travellers intrigued with their series of unique flights.

Prior to their supermoon flight, the airline recently launched mystery flights, which “sold out within 15 minutes,” according to Stephanie Tully, Qantas chief customer officer.

“We are very excited to now be doing a supermoon scenic flight, ” Tully added.

“We think this flight has great appeal for anyone with a passion for astronomy, science, space photography, aviation or just keen to do something a little ‘out of this world’.”

Another once-in-a-lifetime Qantas scenic flight is their Antarctica Flights. This one-day trip offers Aussies the chance to fly to Antarctica and back in a day and marvel at this frozen continent from above.

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