It was the first ‘Southern Lights flight’ ever. On March 23 2017, a plane took off from Dunedin (New-Zealand) with destination Aurora Australis. Passengers were window-seated and awaiting for one of the biggest lights festival on earth.
New-Zealand is one of the best accessible places to encounter the Southern Lights. Not only from a plane, but also from the ground. Another good place is Antarctica, due to its low light pollution.
Especially in winter, you can often see the Southern Lights in Antarctica at night time. In Patagonia, you can see it every now and then and in Australia you can occasionally see it on the horizon.
This counterpart to the Northern Lights (or polar lights) colours the sky red, while the Northern Lights are often green. But you can also see green here, or (rarely) yellow, white or blue. So if you’re around this area in winter, make sure to look out the window every now and then.
It’s not easy to capture this magical phenomenon on camera. You’ll need to know a thing or two about photography and cameras. You can find tips from professionals on how to best capture it on the internet, so you can make your own lasting memento. But you’ll definitely need a tripod, a fast lens (1.4 or 2.8) and a shutter time of about 16 to 20 seconds. And lots of patience.