Following its hugely popular inaugural trip in March, tour operator Omega Breaks has announced another opportunity for keen stargazers to discover the Aurora Borealis from Cardiff next year, taking off on Friday 8th March 2019.
This unique excursion offers customers a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to take to the skies on board an aircraft to seek out the Northern Lights, a natural light show resulting from an interaction between the magnetic fields of the Earth and the Sun. The Aurora’s appearance can vary from a weak glow to a breath-taking, sky-filling spectacle, but its full effects are best seen up close and without the ground-level impact of clouds, light pollution or weather conditions.
The experience begins at Cardiff Airport with a presentation in the terminal from guest astronomer Pete Lawrence, presenter of the BBC’s Sky at Night programme. He will be joined by Nigel Bradbury, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an active amateur astronomer for over 40 years.
The flight, which lasts up to three and a quarter hours, will take off from Cardiff in the hours of darkness in search of the best views of the Northern Lights, with on-board commentary by the two expert astronomers. The flight also includes refreshments and the services of an Omega Breaks tour specialist to ensure guests have the best possible experience.
Deb Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, said: “Our customers will really enjoy the opportunity to take off from Cardiff and discover one of the world’s most amazing natural phenomenon from the sky. This was such a unique and popular addition to our schedule back in the spring, so it’s great to see the return of the Northern Lights experience with Omega Breaks in 2019.”
Peter Truman, Astronomy Consultant at Omega Breaks, added: “These unique flights, which have been operating for 20 years, really offer an excellent opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
We are above the main obstacle, cloud cover, and also have a much wider overall view of the Auroral Oval from around 36000ft above sea level, than you do at ground level.”
To book a Northern Lights night flight with Omega Breaks, visit the website, call 0330 013 0145 or call in to your local travel agent to enquire.