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A dazzling aurora borealis light show captivates the internet
Saturday evening stargazers were treated to one of the trippiest natural phenomenons Earth has to offer: a naked eye-visible aurora borealis. The "northern lights," as they are often called, originate with our sun. Solar storms that occur there emit streams of charged particles which help to trigger the unusual light show once they reach Earth. SEE ALSO: The mystery of panda's fur color is finally solved The magnetic fields emanating from our north and south poles pull the charged particles down into our upper (and sometimes lower) atmosphere, where some of them collide with the neutral particles that reside there. The result of this collision is a beautiful glowing sky, though it's usually visible only at higher latitudes. In the Northern Hemisphere it's an "aurora borealis" and in the Southern Hemisphere it's an "aurora australis." Saturday evening's aurora borealis extended further south than is normal for these events, which meant it was visible in the northern U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe. It was the result of the sun spitting out a large burst of plasma on May 23, an event referred to as a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The internet expressed its thanks for the cosmic light show in the only way it knows how: social media shares enhanced by stunning photography. WOW! Northern Lights seen tonight from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Photo credit: Chris Cook. #Aurora #NorthernLights pic.twitter.com/H5FgEuoyVx Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) May 28, 2017 2 quick pics from tonight from the backyard near Chatsworth ON. #northernlights #aurora #greycounty #ShareYourWeather #Auroraborealis pic.twitter.com/K8fLBhKEGQ Shelley Jackson (@sjacksondesign) May 28, 2017 An amazing show in the sky, near #Calgary, 3:30am#yyc#Aurora #Auroraborealis #northernlights #Canada #Canada150 pic.twitter.com/lrV0Jv3zSR Dena Barmas (@denabarmas) May 28, 2017 What an awesome night, got the see the #NorthernLights just outside of #Omaha on the NE/IA border near Honey Creek, IA #newx, #iawx #aurora pic.twitter.com/7Y65PfJfpJ Brad Williams Photo (@bradwphoto) May 28, 2017 Directly overhead in the Big Dipper, naked eye visible. ?corona? #northernlights #aurora #solarstorm #northerniowa pic.twitter.com/nC1HSCw97s Diana Hayungs (@diana_hayungs) May 28, 2017 The #NorthernLights can be seen in #Finland200 days a year from August to April.? ?#MondayMotivationpic.twitter.com/FgktyaZfK1 Tom Hall ? (@TomHall) May 22, 2017 Quick edit from tonight's #aurora show. Just W of Bismarck, ND @TamithaSkov @_SpaceWeather_ @AuroraMAX @NorthDakota @spann #northernlights pic.twitter.com/c4ttb70it5 Zachary Hargrove (@Zargrove) May 28, 2017 Just as the #northernlights peaked tonight, clouds moved in in Maine. Would have been awesome. @TamithaSkov @Aurora_Alerts @NorthLightAlert pic.twitter.com/P0cenkGfVe Barbie West (@12truewest) May 28, 2017 Epic #aurora show overnight over #LakeHuron seen just hours ago from #SaugeenShores, Ontario // 05-20-2017 4:09AM @stormhour #northernlights pic.twitter.com/pjQIIq0OD4 Scott Rock (@scottrockphoto) May 20, 2017 The #northernlights really put on a show tonight in Menahga, MN! pic.twitter.com/uGYhBw8K8J Dani? (@danijpeterson) May 28, 2017 I could go on and on. There are so many beautiful photos, videos, and GIFs to look at this morning. Find more on Twitter under the #auroraborealis and #northernlights hashtags.
With additional reporting by Miriam Kramer.
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Your Intelligence Genes: 52 and Counting
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Badged and searched: Sicily G7 fortress town irks locals
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