A British astronaut joined 142 lucky stargazers on the Aerobility Aurora flight.
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(From British Airways)
British Airways hosted a special Aerobility Aurora flight last to view the northern lights at 30,000 feet.
Aerobility supporters, volunteers and British Airways crew enjoyed a spectacular evening hosted by Tim Peake.
The British astronaut joined 142 lucky stargazers on the Aerobility Aurora flight that took off from Gatwick and headed North to take in the natural light display.
Starwatchers started the day at Gatwick airport, where they heard from Aurora expert and BBC The Sky At Night presenter Pete Lawrence before enjoying a special guest lecture from Tim Peake.
At sunset they boarded the A320 aircraft and headed to 61 degrees North to the coast of the Shetland Isles, in the hope of witnessing the celestial spectacle.
As customers prepared for the evening’s events and adjusted their eyes to the night sky, Pete Lawrence entertained those on board with a running commentary over the PA system throughout the flight, pointing out star constellations as well as the glowing light formation visible through the aircraft windows. (Full Story Here)