From March 2010, intrepid flyers will be able to leave the grey streets of Doncaster behind and go in search of the Northern Lights, a spectacular phenomenon rarely seen outside the Arctic Circle.
Despite their unusual quality, the Northern Lights (otherwise known as the Aurora Borealis) are a common occurrence, created when charged particles in the Earth’s magnetic field encounter solar winds, forcing them to crash into gas atoms.
The resultant collision produces patterns of light, in a range of shapes and bright colours – green, yellow and red. Auroras occur often in the Polar Regions, where the Earth’s atmosphere is thinner, and less resistant to cosmic rays.
Created by tour operator, Omega Holidays, the Northern Lights route is designed to coincide with the March Equinox, a point in time when the aurora appears with increasing intensity, helping passengers get the most for their money.
The plane will depart from Robin Hood Airport at 9PM, travelling over Scotland to the bleak North Atlantic. Omega has made no promises about the aurora’s punctuality, however; a good twenty percent of customers may not see anything at all.
Armchair astronomers might recognise Omega’s expert of choice, the famous Pete Lawrence, a regular on the BBC’s, The Sky at Night, who will be on hand to answer any questions that customers may have.
With the festive season just around the corner, Robin Hood officials are keen to get their new toy under your Christmas tree. The three-hour flight costs in the region of £169.95, a pricey but unique stocking filler.