WhiteEaglePL From Poland, joined Mar 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1119 times:
Take a look at this photo :
It's an amazing scene indeed. I wanted to ask 2 things. I'll be flying from LAX to MUC on the March of 30th. This picture was taken from LH airplane somewhere above Canada. Is it possible that I could catch the northern light on the route to MUC ? And second thing is that my departure is at 16:45 Pacific time. My question is, if I'll try to catch up the night or if I'll fly during the day ? I almost forgot how this beauty arises ?Thank you in advance.
Wireless From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1089 times:
I am sitting in LHR right now, and I *just* saw the northern lights during today's UA 930 SFO-LHR (departed 12:40pm PST, arrived 08:00 GMT) run over Canada. My pictures didn't come out very well, but I freaked when I saw them. They aren't as bright as you think, since there's lots of light pollution inside the cabin.
Checking the Great Circle Mapper, I don't see why you wouldn't be able to see them on your flight. I assume there are other factors, but the routes look somewhat similar over Northern Canada. Run a search on the forums, there's a link to a forecasting site.
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1079 times:
As for your flight times, I'm not too sure about how dark it will be when you pass the northern most point on your path. But if you will be passing over between midnight and 2am local time, that would be the best time. I don't want to disappoint you but I checked the aurora forecast for that date and it will be quiet, meaning that you'll have to be way way north (past the Arctic circle) to get a decent display if the lights show up at all.
Maybe someone who is more familiar with the flight and route you'll be taking can shed a little more light on this. Oh and you better be on the left hand side of the plane to see them.
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1029 times:
The northern lights are pretty fickle. As stated above, the best time to view them is between midnight and 2am local time, but they can appear any time between sunset and sunrise. So I hope you get lucky and see them, I'll keep my fingers crossed. If not, maybe you should take a trip up to FAI where we've been getting some pretty active lights lately.