The Aurora Australis captured on video from an airplane

Date:28 March 2017 Tags:, ,

This week, a lucky group of 134 people got the chance to see the elusive Aurora Australis, or the Southern Lights. The Aurora Australis is generally very difficult to see—unlike in the North, the South Pole is so remote that the lights have to travel great distances to reach the nearest cities and towns in Australia and New Zealand.

By Sophie Weiner

One good way to circumvent this problem is by flying an airplane to the South Pole for the sole purpose of seeing the lights. That’s how these passengers—who paid around $3,000 to $6,000 for the privilege—were able to experience this rare phenomenon.

The reviews were overwhelmingly positive, and the images the passengers brought back are breathtaking. “I didn’t think we would actually see such a spectacular display, even by the naked eye,” passenger Nick Wong told the Associated Press. “It was really great to be a part of an adventure with like-minded people who were equally or more excited at viewing this phenomena as I was.”

The flight was organised by astronomer Ian Griffin, a director at the Otago Museum in New Zealand. “I didn’t think we would actually see such a spectacular display, even by the naked eye,” Griffin told AP. “It was really great to be a part of an adventure with like-minded people who were equally or more excited at viewing this phenomena as I was.”

Griffin hopes that this will be the first of many such flights to see the Aurora Australis. Thanks to these glowing reports, that seems likely.

Source: Associated Press

 

 

This article was originally written for and published by Popular Mechanics USA.