Plane flies through 'southern lights'

Astronomers and nature photographers were treated to a stunning view of the Aurora Australis (a.k.a., the Southern Lights) on March 23-24, 2017. The eight-hour Air New Zealand charter flight took passengers two-thirds of the way to the South Pole to view the phenomenon. This was the first-ever chartered flight to see the Southern Hemisphere's version of the aurora.

Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis are natural events that are caused by invisible radiation from the sun being redirected to the Earth's poles via the magnetic field. If not for the magnetic field, the planet would be bombarded with harmful particles drifting through the solar system.