All hotels booked out in the path of totality for the solar eclipse on August 21? Missed the memo on the best flights available to view it on the day? Don't despair just yet: Airbnb is offering one more super cool opportunity to view the eclipse—and it won’t cost you a cent.
Why should you care about the eclipse in the first place? The total solar eclipse is an incredibly rare event in which the moon will completely cover the sun. Only a faint shadow of the sun will be seen, and the sky will turn completely dark. However, since the part of totality is only 70 miles wide, only those present in certain parts of certain states—namely Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina—will be able to view the total solar eclipse.
The last total solar eclipse that touched the US was 26 years ago, and even then, only Hawaii could see certain parts of it. So, the opportunity to see this one completely is super exciting, to say the least.
To make sure your viewing of the eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Airbnb has partnered with National Geographic to give two lucky winners an unparalleled experience. First, you’ll make your way to Bend, Oregon, on the eve of the eclipse, where you’ll be staying in a custom, geodesic dome that’s been created specifically to give you an ultimate view of the starry night sky. The dome will come complete with an observation deck and some high level telescopes, so you’ll have everything you need to experience the best views possible.
The dome will also have some amazing amenities, including a queen-sized bed, breakfast, and shower items. Not to mention, it’s absolutely gorgeous—the wooden plank floors, quaint bedside tables (complete with a potted cactus), and jacquard rugs are total glamping goals.
And because they know you might need some help on your astronomy journey, Airbnb will also provide some great hosts: Dr. Jedidah Isler, a National Geographic explorer and internationally recognized scholar, and Babak Tafreshi, an acclaimed National Geographic photographer and science journalist. Dr. Isler will share her insights about the sun, moon, and stars, while Tafreshi will lead you through a workshop on how to take National Geographic-worthy photos. You’ll be completely prepared for whatever sights you might get to witness.
After spending the night in your custom accommodations, you’ll wake up to the ultimate treat: You’ll get to board a private plane on which you’ll take a flight across the Oregon coastline. You’ll be moving directly into the moon’s shadow, which will allow you to be suspended within the path of totality. This could potentially extend your view of the eclipse by up to one minute (relative to viewing time on the ground).
To enter the competition, you’ll have to go to the contest page between August 1 (today!) and August 10, and answer why you want to be a part of this historic event by using your Airbnb account. The answers will be judged based on creativity and originality, and the contest is open to all residents of the United States and Canada, excluding Quebec.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your special eclipse glasses ready, and go enter.
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