Elements of Surprise
When both space weather satellites go down for several hours and there’s just a little other data to pick at for hints about auroral activity, I felt more than a little bit naked out there. Not that knowing any of this would change the way the aurora behaves. Plus, imagine, having to live life without real time information from a computer in your pocket. Space weather satellites going down is my equivalent of Facebook or Instagram going down. What is even the purpose of life, basically.
But how nice to just take an evening for how it is, and imagine the feeling of elation when the aurora burst into dancing greens with subtle pink edges after a very quiet first hour or two.