The Huge Radioactive Storm That Hit Earth This Week May Have Made The Northern Lights Even More Beautiful Than Usual

Northern Lights

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The Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are always a sight to behold, but this year the lights may have been even more spectacular — due to a huge radioactive storm that hit the earth this week.The storm, apparently the biggest since 2005, hit Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday, creating an “eruption of solar plasma, called a coronal mass ejection”, which created even stronger lights than usually seen.

“It has been absolutely incredible,” a British astronomer told the AP.

We’ve included some of our favourite images of the northern lights from the last year (and the country in which they were taken) below.

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