Pilot turned the plane for the aurora borealis for passengers

The powerful solar wind that hit the Earth this weekend created an incredibly beautiful spectacle – a bright aurora. Moreover, the wind force was so strong that the northern lights reached more regions where it was very rarely seen, for example, the UK and the USA.

Rare red aurora borealis in Northern Europe and Canada. Image credit: Mike McLellan

The EasyJet flight from Iceland to the UK even made a 360-degree turn over the North Sea to allow passengers on both sides of the plane to take a detailed look at this impressive sight

Photo of the aurora borealis from the plane. Photo: @APTGroves

“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,” one passenger wrote on Twitter.

“Our team will always make every effort for our customers, and we are glad that we could share with them this special view of the Northern Lights,” the airline commented on the maneuver.

The Northern Lights are usually better seen in high-latitude regions closer to the Arctic, for example in Scandinavia. Residents of Scotland and northern England can see the aurora borealis, but even there it is very rare.

Last week, the UK Meteorological Service said that strong solar activity would give observers a chance to see the Northern lights. Aurora was visible in the north of Scotland. But eyewitnesses said that they saw the aurora even in the south of the island close to the horizon.

What causes the Northern lights?

The aurora is caused by particles of the Sun that collide with atoms and molecules in the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere.The undulating patterns of light are caused by the lines of force of the Earth’s magnetic field, while different colors are formed by different gases: green is characteristic of oxygen, and purple, blue or pink is nitrogen. The lowest part of the aurora is usually located at a distance of about 120 km from the Earth’s surface, but the upper part can be many hundreds of kilometers above the Earth.

Earlier we reported on how astronomers discovered auroras on the Galilean moons of Jupiter.

According to Sky News

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