Amazing night sky images shared by pilot

A pilot has showcased his amazing, colourful cockpit views from his 30,000 feet (9.1km) above the Earth.

Christiaan van Heijst has flown all over the world capturing thousands of cities that pass by, shooting stars, the Milky Way and even the Northern Lights.

PIC BY Christiaan van Heijst / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED Cockpit shot, North east Quebec, heading towards the Atlantic Ocean. )-A pilot has showcased his amazing colourful views from his 30,000ft cockpit. Christiaan van Heijst, 35, has flown all over the world capturing thousands of cities that pass by, shooting stars, the milky way, and even the northern lights.The 747 cargopilot always ensures he has his camera on board so hes able to share the amazing natural views he witnesses at 30,000ft and above.SEE CATERS COPY
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The 747 cargo pilot always ensures he has his camera onboard so he's able to share the amazing natural views he witnesses from the sky.

Mr van Heijst, of the Netherlands, has shared this fascinating set of images, taken over the past eight years of his career.

PIC BY Christiaan van Heijst / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED lightning above Africa ) -A pilot has showcased his amazing colourful views from his 30,000ft cockpit. Christiaan van Heijst, 35, has flown all over the world capturing thousands of cities that pass by, shooting stars, the milky way, and even the northern lights.The 747 cargopilot always ensures he has his camera on board so hes able to share the amazing natural views he witnesses at 30,000ft and above.SEE CATERS COPY
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"It is sometimes hard to describe to people what's so special about flying at night when you see the stars, Northern Lights and dim glow of the atmosphere around," he said.

"Or what it feels like to see the cities, countries, oceans and continents glide by below your wings as if we're detached from the planet."

PIC BY Christiaan van Heijst / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED northern lights above Alberta, Canada ) -A pilot has showcased his amazing colourful views from his 30,000ft cockpit. Christiaan van Heijst, 35, has flown all over the world capturing thousands of cities that pass by, shooting stars, the milky way, and even the northern lights.The 747 cargopilot always ensures he has his camera on board so hes able to share the amazing natural views he witnesses at 30,000ft and above.SEE CATERS COPY
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The pilot said was urged to share his photos from the first day of his career.

"Light is behaving in a completely different way compared to what we see on the surface of the earth and this, combined with the unique perspective we pilots have from the cockpit, was just the perfect playground for my photography," said Mr van Heijst.

"Very often, I'm just the only person to see that view from that perspective and I simply felt the urge to capture this beauty and share with the world."


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