After securing permission from Air France, entrepreneur and artist Nate Bolt carried a camera, tripod and time-lapse controller on board his flight from San Francisco to Paris, preparing to capture his journey in still photos clicked every few seconds. He lucked into an empty row, giving his camera unfettered window access.
Bolt's eyelids grew heavy as his camera clicked away, amassing what would finally be more than 2,400 shots. The aurora borealis woke him up.
"I thought there was film stuck on the lens, or it was some light refracting down, and once I scrolled back a few and I realized what it was, I was excited. I was stoked," he said.
Back on terra firma, Bolt spent about as much time stringing photos together as he did in the air on his 11-hour flight. He supplemented the results with a few pictures taken on his iPhone.
More than 570,000 viewers have watched the video at YouTube, and countless more have watched via media outlets running the clip.
Airline passengers on trans-Atlantic flights should reconsider pulling down that window shade.