My sister called up on the phone this evening to tell me to go outside and see the northern lights. What I saw is very close to the photograph above (which I snagged from CNN), though it looked more like a vortex swirling above me showering down colored sheets of clouds. It was the most beautiful and the most Star Trek-ish phenomenon I've ever witnessed. I found myself gazing up into the sky mesmerized as the colors shifted, changed and swirled about many miles above me. Truly an awesome sight.