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We’ve just updated our Christmas list with news of new Southern Lights charter flights with Chimu Adventures. The Latin America and Polar travel specialists will offer a front row seat to the mystical Aurora Australis lightshow with their ten-hour adventure aboard a QANTAS Boeing 789 Dreamliner.
Scheduled to coincide with the autumn equinox, when the elusive auroras are brightest and most frequent, a handful of flights will depart major Australian domestic airports and glide over the Southern Ocean towards Antarctica. On board, expert astronomers will clue you up on all things aurora while a photography pro will be on hand to help you capture this truly breathtaking phenomena.
Scope the sky for aurora trails through those huge Dreamliner windows and zoom in on stars, constellations, and planets from the comfort of your seat. Glass of Champagne with that view? Please and thank you.
Itineraries have been carefully planned in consultation with the Director of New Zealand’s Otago Museum, Dr Ian Griffin. This renowned astrophysicist has already led two successful Air NZ charter flights into the southern auroral zone and photographed the Southern Lights during five flights on NASA’s SOFIA Observatory.
“I’m really excited about this charter flight. Flying into the southern auroral zone is a wonderful experience, and you never know quite what you are going to see,” says Dr Griffin.
For aurora-addicts like us, it’s the chance to realise a bucket-list dream without technically leaving the country. Awesome.
Couples will love: the thrill ofthe chase. For an experience this unique, you’ll want your sweetheart right by your side.
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