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Old 08-26-2013, 06:03 PM
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An astronomer who was lucky enough to witness the famous Northern Lights captured the video earlier this month, over a single night above Caithness, Scotland.
It is unusual to see either phenomena, and it is quite a sight for sky gazers to see them together.
Maciej Winiarczyk pictured the fantastic light show shortly after sunset.
"It was a really, really special moment," Mr Winiarczyk said.
"I'm an astronomer so I wanted to spend a night under the stars. I was hoping to see the night-shining clouds, which I saw I got them shortly after sunset, and then suddenly I was treated to the aurora as well.

"I was thrilled when I saw them."
Noctilucent - or 'night-shining' - clouds are made of sunlight-reflecting ice crystals and, as the highest clouds in the Earth's atmosphere, they are normally too faint to be seen.
The video shows both the variety of clouds and how their structure varies over time.
The lower clouds appear dark or fast moving and about halfway through the video they are joined by aurora.
Aurora is a natural light display in high-latitude regions and is caused by the collision of charged particles with atoms in the atmosphere.
In northern latitudes the effect is known as the aurora borealis and its southern counterpart is aurora australis.
Mr Winiarczyk, from Wick, Scotland, hoped to catch the Northern Lights during his trip, but it is incredibly hard to predict their timing, and to spot them in the summer months is very rare.
He said: "You can't be sure that you are going to catch the auroras but you can try and predict them. It's different to know when they will come.
"I saw the clear sky so I thought I may be able to shoot the Milky Way.
"They are visible for about two hours and become brighter and then dimmer for about two hours.
"If it had been a dimmer sky, I wouldn't have seen anything at all.
"Just to see this kind of sequence is hard but catching them in the summer time is really rare.
"This winter months are the peak of solar activity when really magnificent displays can sometimes be seen."
To create the time-lapse, Mr Winiarczyk took thousands of images to put together the stunning two-minute sky lapse.
"I had to keep the camera on a tripod in one place in order for the photos not to be jumpy," he said.
"It was incredible to watch."

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beautiful sight.
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