Check Out The Incredible Northern Lights Above America Last Night

A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit earth at 14:00 EDT yesterday, setting up a fantastic Northern Lights show later that night.

The Aurora Borealis is a rare sight over the contiguous United States, but thanks to a solar storm, people from Michigan to Alabama could see swaths of pink and green in the night sky.

In a CME, the impact compresses Earth’s magnetic field, directly exposing geosynchronous satellites to solar wind plasma and sparking an intense geomagnetic storm, according to SpaceWeather.com.

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