Passengers of an eight-hour flight decided to embark on the airplane just to witness the spectacular show put up by the southern lights. They booked the tickets just to look out the window. On March 23, a charter plane left Dunedin, New Zealand and flew near to the Antarctic, offering passengers a spectacular view of the Aurora Australis also known as the Southern Lights.
Seeing the Southern Lights or the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Ian Griffin, the director of Otago Museum, had this fantastic idea. Griffin is also an astronomer, and his job inspired him. He argued that he had first seen the Southern Lights while he flew on a NASA observatory plane and he had a fantastic experience. He noted that within five days all 134 seats of the aircraft Boeing 767 were sold out. He also pointed out that he only sold window seats and the one ones who were immediately adjacent. The seats from the middle were left empty.
Griffin said that he wanted to share this amazing experience with other and thought that this could be an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to see auroral streamers. The green-colored light which seems to float in the sky gives you the impression of a streaky river, declared Griffin. Nick Wong, a passenger of the flight, argued that he had found something related to this idea online in 2016 and he decided that he would definitely go if he had the opportunity to do it.
Passengers of a flight enjoyed the amazing view
He claimed that he did not expect such a fantastic view and he felt proud to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Wong, who is a cancer researcher, stated that he likes looking at the stars when going camping. The view from New Zealand is much more beautiful from the one from Australia, Wong says. He moved from Australia about three years ago.
He confessed that the Northern Lights are still on his bucket list. They seem to be more famous due to the fact that the northern polar region has more inhabited areas. Nevertheless, the southern lights appear to unveil a similar show. Both phenomena are determined by light particles coming from the sun and interacting with the magnetic field of our planet.
Griffin stated that the craft traveled sixty degrees latitude south, allowing passengers to enjoy a five-hour viewing time.
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