Mark spotted it first and threw on his brakes.
I jumped out of the car and looked North. He looked North as did Poonum and
confirmed his sighting. We all grabbed our gear and started taking photographs.
Details of the exposures are below. We watched as a cream-colored spike was
joined by another spike and then a bright deep red color fill in behind it. The
activity was originally due North, but it shifted to Northeast and pretty much
stayed in that area. The aurora went up
about 15 to 20 degrees from the horizon.
I had previously barely seen the aurora on
March 31, 2001, confirmed only by a single photograph that I had taken.
Photographs from the internet and the description of movement was
incomprehensible to me. Yet here before me was a most marvelous sight, beyond
all my expectations.
We watched and took photographs until 3:15am,
when it faded from our eyes. The last photograph was taken at that time.
Afterwards tired from a very long day I looked
into the Winter sky. The winter hexagon stood out brightly among the starry
Milky Way. Mark and Poonum talked about trips while watching the skies and
spotting several meteors. I took some time to take in everything I had just
After the end of a horrible day, I found myself
in silent reflection. My stress was relieved, washed away with rays of red
dancing lights...the aurora in Texas:)