aurora borealis

The beautiful lights of the Aurora Borealis lit up the sky and a special flight organised by Aerobility and provided by BA gave people with disability the chance to witness the phenomenon. So while the rest of us were stuck under a layer of cloud, the flight left from Gatwick to fly off the coast of the Shetland Isles.

Northern lights from BA flight

Northern lights


The red, yellow and green lights were clearly visible, shining and dazzling above and beyond the clouds.

The flight had 74 passengers on board including BBC’s The Sky At Night presenters Pete Lawrence, Jon Culshaw and Dr Paul Abel, who were on hand to give expert commentary.The aircraft returned to Gatwick at around midnight.

The Northern Lights are usually visible in only the more northern parts of the UK, but a solar storm led to them appearing much further south than usual.