Northern Lights: Pilot takes 360-degree turn for flight passengers to see aurora borealis

Have you ever seen the magnificent Northern Lights in real life? Well the passengers of EZY1806 flight from Iceland’s Reykjavik to the UK’s Manchester got lucky as they witnessed them from the plane

Northern Lights
witnessed from plane

The pilot of an EasyJet plane was on his route to Manchester when he suddenly took a 360-degree turn surprising the passengers briefly. What followed was a lifetime experience for the in-flight passengers

Pilot turns plane
360 degrees

A video shared by the passenger Adam Groves showed the plane going around the Natural Lights in dynamic patterns as they filled the sky. The passengers took quick pictures of it which showed the sky filled with green and pink lights 

Northern Lights video
from plane

Adam Groves thanked the pilot for the lifetime experience. He wrote, “Big thanks to the easyJet pilot of EZY1806 from Reykjavik to Manchester who did a 360 fly by mid-flight to make sure all passengers could see the incredible Northern Lights.”

Flight passengers thank
pilot for spectacular views

The unexpected 360-degree turn by the pilot also left the flight trackers in the Air Traffic Control (ATC) room bewildered. Flightradar24 tweeted “An @easyJet flight just made a 360 turn over the North Sea… so the reason was probably to allow passengers on both sides of the aircraft to see the fantastic #AuroraBorealis.”

Mid-air 360 degree turn
by pilot

The Northern Lights are formed when energised particles from the sun slam into the Earth's upper atmosphere at speeds of up to 45 million mph (72 million kph), but our planet's magnetic field protects us from the onslaught creating a spectrum of light

What is Aurora Borealis
(Northern Lights)?

Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei named the Northern Lights "aurora borealis" after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek god of the north wind, Boreas. The earliest suspected record of the northern lights is in a 30,000-year-old cave painting in France

Northern Lights

Some of the regions likely to witness frequent occurrences of Northern Lights are Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Alberta in Canada and Greenland among others

Where can you spot
Northern Lights?

While Northern Lights are famous, there is another astronomical phenomenon named Southern Lights. They are also similar to aurora borealis but originate due to the magnetic pull of the South pole

Southern Lights

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