Imagine Maciej Winiarczyk's surprise when he found out that the Northern Lights made a surprise appearance while he was filming a particularly stunning Scottish night sky. The footage is gorgeous to begin with—it's practically impossible to catch a bad side of the Milky Way—but the green and gold flashes of the aurora borealis is just an added thrill. Check it out above.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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