Passengers traveling from Reykjavik to Manchester received an unexpected and unforgettable treat when the pilot decided to perform a controlled maneuver in order to allow them to witness an amazing display from the air of one of nature's greatest sights: the aurora borealis. Adam Groves, a passenger on the flight, offered "big thanks" to the pilot and posted pictures of the northern lights on Twitter, saying that the pilot "did a 360 fly by mid-flight to make sure all passengers could see the incredible northern lights." Auroras occur when atoms and molecules in Earth's atmosphere clash with a solar flare from the sun. The rare northern lights display, usually seen in regions closer to the Arctic like Iceland and Scandinavia, appeared further south for people living in the U.K. According to the U.K.'s Meteorological Office, the astrological event painted skies pink and green in places as far south as North Uist, Scotland, North Wales, Cambridgeshire and Shropshire.