Its quite easy to be awed and inspired and think that the Northern Lights are wonderful, even if you know how they're formed- even if you, as a physicist, studied the process by which the solar wind interacts with the earth's magnetic field in detail, by simply not thinking about it at that time and just sitting back and enjoying the show.I also think you're wrong. The "mystery" of a rainbow, or the perseids, or the aurora are interesting, but I find it far more satisfying to know how and why they happen, than not to know at all. For example I find it very hard to grok modern art (you know the ultra abstract or "object trouve" stuff) unless I have a little plaque telling me what the artist was intending to convey, because then I have a jumping off point from which I can construct my own meaning (which might be the opposite of what the artist intended) coming to it cold I'm usually just a bit baffled. I also think Borealis is right, when I look at the constellation Orion I'm not just looking at big flaming balls of gas and plasma undergoing fusion reactions a couple of hundred light years away, I'm also thinking about the stories the ancient Greeks told about this great hunter, and how he was basically a bit of a dick.
TC reminds me of a professional wrestling fan I once knew.