We were once again treated to a beautiful showing of the Aurora late into the night of the 18th/19th. Around 12:30am the lights began to dance but the biting wind quickly brought in some cloud cover. Just as we began to talk about heading home, stars began to peek out - as soon as the cloud cover came in, it was gone. It reminded me the importance of patience in observing the unpredictable lights in our variable weather.
Although the showing was much different than the night before, the dance was quick and wild with sudden bursts of activity all around. At quarter to 1, the coronal formations really wowed and I quickly changed my compositions to focus directly overhead. Even with a wide focal length I was cutting off the display in my frame! Two very late nights in a row - in the middle of the week no less - but they were beautiful displays and worth the next day fogginess.
And now, to answer the question of who needs sleep? I do.