Few people are lucky enough to see the Northern Lights which paint a breathtaking colour backdrop across the wilderness of the Arctic circle.
The nightime display could be seen across Scotland, Canada, Norway and even the north-east of England last week after the biggest solar storm in more than six years bombarded the earth with radiation.
One flyer caught the natural phenonmenon, called aurora borealis, as it lit up the wings of a transatlantic Air Canda flight. The wings glowed red as green lit up the horizon.
They were visible so far south because of the biggest radiation storm since May 2005. The radiation - in the form of protons - came flying out of the sun at 93 million miles per hour.
Scientists say the Northern Lights are created by the sun's super hot atmosphere, which blasts particles into the protective magnetic field surrounding the Earth.
The magnetic field forces the particles toward the north and south poles.
About 60 to 200 miles overhead, the particles bump into the Earth's atmosphere and become electrically 'excited' - throwing off light of various colours. Although the phenomenon occurs around the clock, the lights are only visible at night.