People are still talking about the dramatic display of the Northern Lights seen across the region, nation, and globe over the weekend.

Billions of tons of matter ejected from the corona in an explosion on the sun spiraled into the earth's atmosphere.

The result, a curtain of colors across the sky.

It was a photographer's dream, and Paul Gibbens of Gibbens Creative was ready with two high end cameras that clicked away at set intervals. "They call them Northern Lights but these ones were so powerful they were going from west to east all the way across the northern sky, all the way over top of ahead of us and it was incredible," Gibbens said.

The display lasted for hours, allowing Gibbens to reset and take more than 3,000 images at five locations, turning them into a time lapse video. "It kept going, and going, and going, so I was actually able to photograph it and enjoy it at the same time. Just the fascination of being able to see them with your naked eye, put your camera up there and then see what you got on the back of your lens after you take one picture just blew my mind," Gibbens added.

Darren Williams, PhD., professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State Behrend said as the particles crashed into the earth's electromagnetic field, they  revealed what is usually hidden.  "We're actually seeing the earth's invisible magnetic field which has direction to it, and the particles -- the electrons and protons are being deflected by the magnetic field along the magnetic field lines and so they they literally trace out the lines in the sky for us to see, otherwise it's invisible," Dr. Williams said.

And the particle cloud is still coming, so photographers from amateurs to Gibbens may have more opportunities to see and capture images of the Northern Lights.  "And so there's this cloud of particles that we're going to strike the tail end of it in two days and so if you go to spaceweather.com, they talk about this extended chance for an Aurora display in two days from now," Williams added.  Gibbens said he'll be ready.