Shreenivasan Manievannan submitted these photos taken of the northern lights, or aurora borealis.
He shot the first (above) from inside the airplane while traveling from the U.S. to Dubai. Shreeni wrote:
I was keeping a watch every now and then once we reached the high latitudes to see if the auroras were out. Finally, when we were flying over the icy Canadian landscape, I got to see the stunning active auroras shining and dancing bright in the sky.
This was shot with a Canon dslr at a ISO of 16000, f 3.2 for 3.2s exposure handheld.
I covered up myself trying to protect myself away from light reflections coming off the flight indoors.
He caught the second photo (below) while flying near the North Pole and said:
I got the approximate location from airplane interactive maps. I believe it was a rare occurrence to shoot auroras from the vicinity of the North Pole as they generally do not occur near the poles.
This was shot with same setting as above over the wings of the plane.
Thank you, Shreeni!
Bottom line: Photos of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, seen from the air.
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