If you forgot to book your hotel along the path of this month’s total solar eclipse and are feeling like you missed your chance to witness the rare event, Airbnb has got your back.
The home-rental company announced a contest on Tuesday that gives entrants the chance to win a free one-night stay in a luxurious geodesic dome near Bend, Oregon, on Sunday, August 20, “eclipse eve,” and take a ride the next morning in a private jet that will carry the lucky winner (and one guest) above the clouds to maximize eclipse viewing time and visibility, see the reflection of the eclipse on the clouds below, and be one of an extremely exclusive group of people to witness the crossing of the eclipse from the Pacific Ocean onto land.
The two guests will also have the chance throughout their stay to interact with two National Geographic Explorers. World-renowned scientist Dr. Jedidah Isler, the first black woman to receive a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Yale University, will act as the base camp host and “share insights about the sun, moon and stars beyond” over a dinner under the stars. Babak Tafreshi, a photographer and science journalist, will also be on hand to “lead guests through a workshop on how to make the eclipse moment last a lifetime with National Geographic-worthy photos.” The dome’s listing warns contest hopefuls that a “digital detox” will be enforced and recommends that you don’t try to teach the acclaimed and very knowledgeable Isler how to find the Big Dipper.