Fly From Tokyo To San Fran In 83 Seconds And Watch The Sun Chase Venus

When you find yourself on an overnight flight, you're not going to skip the opportunity to snap a few pictures of the sun emerging from the horizon. Sadly, the tiny windows of a commercial airliner are usually insufficient to capture such views in all their glory. The cockpit however? Yeah, that's going to give you a result like the clip here, which takes us through an accelerated journey between Tokyo and San Francisco.

The 1:24 video, which is an amalgamation of over 3400 photos going by its description on YouTube, isn't just a regular — if very pretty hyperlapse. It was recorded from the pilot's seat of a 747-400 flying from Narita Airport to SF and provides a view few non-aviators get to witness.

About a third of the way through, everything goes black as the sun dips out of sight, only to emerge eight seconds later. In terms of day-night cycles, it's a normal occurrence... with one minor difference.

See that small white dot racing ahead of the sunrise? That would be Venus.

[YouTube, via Petapixel]

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