Last night when driving home through central Wisconsin my friend thought he saw the northern lights. We stopped the car and got out to look without headlights and sure enough, it was the northern lights and they were really really bright. As I was standing there looking at the lights I was thinking that people hundreds of years ago (before we had an explanation for the lights) must have been totally awestruck and amazed by them in a way that I just can’t be because I have a basic understanding of what they are. Its not the beautiful unknown any more, its just beautiful. I sort of wish I could see spectacular things like that with my naked eye that I don’t understand at all, just to feel what it is like. I know I can see the stars and the milky way and there is a lot that we don’t understand out there, but there is a lot that we do understand and the normal night sky is just not as spectacular as the northern lights on a good night.