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Posted: November 08, 2017

Northern lights put on dazzling celestial display as solar storm blasts Earth

The Majestic Show in the Sky


Northern lights put on dazzling celestial display as solar storm blasts Earth
Northern lights ( aurora borealis ) illuminated the sky over the snow covered beach of Unstad, on Lofoten Island, Arctic Circle, on March 10, 2016. Surfers from all over the world come to Lofoten island to surf in extrem conditions. Ocean temperature is 5-6 °C, air temperature around 0°C in spite of a weather very unstable. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

By Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The aurora borealis are lighting up the sky this week, putting on a dazzling display for stargazers in parts of the U.S. as solar winds lash the Earth.

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Coronal eruptions on the sun are sending an intense blast of high-speed charged particles through the solar system, according to National Geographic, and that’s resulting in a colorful exhibit of the northern lights over parts  of the western U.S. and Canada. 

“The gaseous stream is flowing from a wide hole in the sun's atmosphere, and our planet is expected to remain inside it for at least another 24 hours,” reported Wednesday. 

The northern lights will be most visible from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9 with the most intense displays in the Arctic regions, but people in in the western U.S. may be able to see an amazing light show as well, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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The colorful, flashing lights are caused when the sun’s electrically charged particles collide with the Earth’s atmosphere around the magnetic north and south poles. 

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