See amazing images of the Southern Lights as the first charter flight takes off
There’s always a good reason to choose the window seat, but few flights make such a compelling case as the first charter flight to view the Southern Lights.
— Ian Griffin (@iangriffin) March 23, 2017
While many people travel from around the world for a glimpse of the Northern Lights, the less populated landmasses at the Southern Hemisphere make seeing Aurora Australis much more rare.
But, it gets a whole lot easier when you’re in a plane, a realisation that inspired Dr Ian Griffin, director of the Otago Museum in Dunedin, New Zealand, to organise the flight to see Aurora Australia. The tickets quickly sold out as people were eager to get a seat on the flight, which was held on 23 March.
— Paul Le Comte (@five15design) March 23, 2017
Tickets were priced up to NZ$4000, but that provided more than four hours of time for passengers to admire the lights. The plane flew along a zig-zag pattern so people on both sides could get a great view of the lights, which were shining brightly.
— Dave Swift (@DSwiftnz) March 23, 2017
The flight left Dunedin at 9 pm, landing again around 5 am, ensuring that while passengers didn’t get much sleep, they certainly got a memorable experience.
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