How many times have you seen an auroral display? I’ve seen just three good ones in my life.
The first one I saw was when I was a boy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I recall the whole family out in the yard gazing up at the night sky. The next one was on a drive back from St. Louis, after a rock concert my friend John H. and I attended. I think it was a Frank Zappa performance — we were quite lucky to see the man play with his band before he died.
The third was a display I saw during my years in Knox County, Missouri.
Here’s a time-lapse video from the latitude of seventy degrees north: