We can’t quite believe that it’s been 20 years since Omega Holidays first started offering flights to see the amazing phenomenon that is the Northern Lights and the legendary Sir Patrick Moore was our expert astronomer!
The Aurora Borealis, or as its more commonly known, the Northern Lights, is 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 breathtaking, sky-filling spectacle, and even though the best views may be had from ground level, visibility can be hampered by surrounding light pollution, bad weather or an inconveniently cloudy night.
We are delighted that once again our main guest astronomer for this special anniversary excursion will be Pete Lawrence. A Northern Lights favourite, Pete appears regularly in the BBC’s long-running Sky at Night programme as their observing expert. He recently featured in the incredibly popular BBC Star Gazing Live series and is highly regarded as a world-class astrophotographer. Pete has also been our principle astronomer and advisor on all our Solar Eclipse holidays since our first venture to Turkey in 2006.
Joining Pete on Omega’s expert astronomy team will be Nigel Bradbury, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an active amateur astronomer for over 40 years who has joined many of our previous Northern Lights flights. Nigel was also outdoor 'live' commentator on the Total Solar Eclipse in 2006, in Belek, Southern Turkey.
Another one our experts is Dr Lee Sproats, who has also appeared on the BBC Sky at Night programme, speaking about the Halley's Comet return from his (then) backyard observatory and was on the live Giotto spacecraft Halley encounter broadcast from the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
And if all of this isn’t enough, Jon Culshaw, famous impressionist, comedian and guest on The Sky at Night, will also join us on this special 20th anniversary flight to provide a little extra entertainment to the evening.
This really is a unique and special experience not to be missed!