Sure, we all love a good aurora borealis timelapse video.  But have you ever seen one shot through the passenger window of a trans-Atlantic flight?  Talk about in-flight entertainment!  No need for seat-back video screens if you can watch a live light show right outside your window.

When photographer Paul Williams saw the aurora midway through is recent Virgin Atlantic flight from NYC to London, he got out his camera and set it to take a photo every 3 seconds, according to this article in Slate.  He propped the camera up on his backpack, holding it steady for nearly 40 minutes.  Watch the video below to see how he turned his 770 photos into a magical one-minute timelapse.

I feel bad for anyone who had an aisle seat on this flight!

If you want your own chance to see the ethereal aurora borealis – whether from the ground or a plane – check out our Churchill Northern Lights tour or our Greenland & the Canadian Arctic cruise.