TORONTO – If you were up early enough here in Canada, you may have caught a glimpse of the northern lights in the early morning sky Wednesday.
A coronal mass ejection – a stream of particles thrown out by the sun – reached Earth early Wednesday morning, sparking the dancing lights.
The Kp index, which is used to measure Earth’s magnetic strength, peaked at 4, which meant that high-latitude sky watchers across Canada were in the best place to catch the lights.
— Notanee Bourassa (@DJHardwired) August 27, 2014
Notanee Bourassa captured a timelapse of the northern lights as they danced across the sky north of Regina, Saskatchewan.
WATCH: Northern Lights across Saskatchewan
— Neil Zeller (@Neil_Zee) August 27, 2014
— Derick Wilson (@TheUmno) August 27, 2014
The northern lights, or aurora borealis, were also spotted as far south as Wisconsin, in the United States.
— Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) August 27, 2014
— Brock (@SSkPrairie) August 27, 2014
— Ted Henley (@tedhenley) August 27, 2014
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