It had been awhile since there was enough solar activity to spark the Northern Lights into action, but, on this particular night, the sun spit enough charged particles at the earth that is was enough to excite the earths electromagnetic field into the visible light spectrum.
This 10 PM picture was taken from a small lake behind my home near Duluth. In order to capture enough light for the photograph, the shutter was open for 30 seconds.
Northern Lights are a common occurrence in the Polar Regions and are occasionally seen in the Lake Superior Region when a strong magnetic storm temporarily expands the auroral oval. If you're fortunate to be away from city lights, there can be awesome displays on dark moonless nights.
During the Klondike Gold Rush many prospectors believed that the Northern Lights were the reflection of the mother loade of all gold.
God uses the heavens to remind us that we're not alone, that the Creator of the heavens and the earth is here with us, even in the darkness.
The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the people see His glory. Psa 97:6