Scientifically speaking, an aurora is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621. This person captured a mind-blowing time-lapse video of the northern lights during a flight. Continue reading for more.
Here's what the photographer Paul Williams has to say: "Flying on a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to New York when the aurora forecast was high, I balanced my camera on a rucksack and left it snapping away out the window ... what an amazing spectacle was to be seen!"