I've seen the northern lights twice in my life so far. Once in the late 80s in Wisconsin and again this summer from a plane when I was flying back down south from Anchorage in July (see below).
I check this website frequently to see what the aurora forecast is. It's pretty cool!
Aurora Forecast from University of Alaska
|Aurora Borealis from the plane- flying from Anchorage to Minneapolis July 2012 |
(Rising Moon, Venus, Jupiter also pictured)