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Reaching for the stars

07 abr. 2016

Who hasn’t wished that they could fly among the stars? At Air Partner, we help to make this dream a reality through our partnership with Eclipse Reisen. Ok, admittedly we might not be able to take you all the way into space, but we can get you a very good view indeed!

This March, Air Partner operated its fifth flight with Eclipse Reisen, taking 142 lucky passengers on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see the Polar lights over the North Atlantic, between the Shetland Islands and Iceland.

The flight lasted six hours, in which time the passengers were treated to a spectacular view not only of the Northern Lights, but also zodiacal light, the Milky Way and falling stars. Luckily for us, the group included several photographers and a camera crew, which captured this stunning footage and these beautiful snaps.

The Northern Lights (otherwise known as Aurora Borealis) are one of the world’s most beautiful visible phenomena. The auroral oval extends around the geomagnetic pole, which is located in the north of Greenland and extends over the north of Iceland. The flight path was carefully planned so that the aircraft was in the Faroe Islands airspace, over the North Atlantic, [around 22:00 local time], which is when the Lights typically reach their greatest intensity.

The Northern Lights are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere and charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere. They are a permanent phenomenon, but levels of activity and visibility on any given night can only be predicted about 24 hours in advance. Luckily the team at Air Partner is well practiced at pulling projects together at very short notice!

There are a few places on Earth that boast a good view of the Aurora Borealis, but even here there is always the risk of a no-show. As we mentioned, the solar wind activity can’t be foreseen far in advance but you can get the most up to date information on the Aurora forecast. Our recommended viewing spots include northern Scotland, Svalbard in Norway, Reykjavik in Iceland, Kakslauttanen in Finland and northern Canada.

Of course, in our view, there is simply no better way to witness this spectacular sight than from an aircraft at [38,000 - 40,000] feet, which is why we are planning two more flights in November, currently scheduled for some time around the 5th and 26th. You can find out more or book directly by visiting Demand for these flights is high so don’t miss your chance to book yourself or someone you love an unforgettable early Christmas present!