Flight to the southern lights is out of sight!

Check out this video of a New Zealand flight sent to view the Aurora Australis up close
aurora australis southern lights "So, uh, do you want the window seat?" (Screenshot courtesy of YouTube/Stephen Voss)


Normally if you went to an airport, boarded a plane, and then landed back at the same airport, you'd think something was wrong. But on March 23, the passengers on Air New Zealand flight NZ1980 all expected to come straight back home. They weren't interested in a new destination on land. They wanted to visit somewhere in the sky!

Southern lights in the sky

This flight from Dunedin, New Zealand to Dunedin, New Zealand was a trip to visit the Aurora Australis. This light phenomenon, also known as the southern lights, is caused by solar radiation colliding with the atmosphere. Northern Canada and Alaska has their own version, the Aurora Borealis, or northern lights. You can see them from the ground in certain places, but, as you'll see, it's nothing like seeing them in midair!

Would you like to see for yourself? You're boarding pass is below! Enjoy this timelapse video shot by Stephen Voss, a passenger on the flight.


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