VIDEO: First flight through the Southern Lights

A special 8-hour charter flight left out of New Zealand on Thursday to fly passengers through the Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights.

More than 100 people witnessed the spectacular event in the first-ever chartered “Flight to the Lights.”

This amazing sight happens when solar sings, coming from the sun, get caught up in the Earth’s magnetic field. The gas ions become energized, creating amazing colors in the sky.

It happens in the northern and southern hemispheres. The Northern Lights have been a sought-after spot for years.

Tickets for this special flight cost around $2,800 each. They went on sale back in September, and sold out in 5 days. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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