Rather short, and less about science and more about romance, but I hope you enjoy. A friend requested this, so here's my gift to you. You know who you are! ;)

Endless. The sky was an endless black expanse that stretched miles in all directions, coming down to kiss the earth at the edges. Black so deep, so endless, so uninterrupted that you could lose yourself in it. No city lights to pollute it, no buildings or trees to obscure it from your vision. And trillions of stars and planets, glowing brilliantly, gathering in the white river of the Milky Way. So many stars overlapping and so far away they seemed to be powdering the sky, scattered by an invisible wind. . .

The ground mirrored this, its whiteness seeming to wrap around the entire earth. Not another living being made any noise, no rumbles of cars or planes' engines disturbed the quiet serenity and amity of the scene.

Snow crunched and compacted under my boots as I shifted my weight, waiting. For the dark sky that seemed endless to erupt in magnificent colors that were beyond imagination. Colors that could not be captured, and would be wasted anyway.

Human memory is better than a digital camera. . .

My fingers were numb, shaking from the cold. Even with many layers of cold-weather clothing on, the freezing Northern air seemed to drift right through, rattling my bones. In the silence and the cold, my mind constantly wandered, the only really visible thing was the white ground, covered in smooth snow, unbroken but for where I had walked. It seemed to glow in the darkness, and had a surreal appearance in the night. . .

What appears when you're not looking?

Brilliant green lights, soft bands waved above my head, occupying an undefined area of the sky. They danced and waved, almost seeming close enough to reach up and touch. Without thought my hand left my pocket and reached toward the sky, trying to touch the dancing bands of light. Even the glorious stars were second to this, the Aurora Borealis. . .

The bands twisted, some staying separate and others joining together in a massive swirl, glowing like a radioactive storm cloud. Out of the normal green came brilliant hues of blue and purple, contrasting with the night sky, vivid. I stood gaping at the lights, not a thought going through my head. There was no room for outside thoughts.

Just amazement.

I wish this would never end. . .