13/02/2012 11:23 GMT | Updated 14/04/2012 06:12 BST

New Aurora Borealis Video, Photos

The aurora borealis is perhaps the single best payoff for a freezing winter in the northern hemisphere.

This latest video of the hypnotic northern lights was taken by the crew of Expedition 30, on board the International Space Station.

The sequence of shots covers the North Pacific Ocean, just southwest of Vancouver Island, and was shot on January 25.

This newest video shows the auroras dancing very near the international station, which is now the best vantage point for seeing the lights.

2012 will be a great year for spotting the aurora, as the sun begins the peak phase of its latest solar cycle. Nasa says the cycle will last from 2012 to 2014, and each cycle lasts around 11 years.

If you don't have a ticket to the international space station, and you're dying to see the northern lights, check out these aurora borealis travel tips.