Gallery: Northern lights once again put on a show across Canada
TORONTO – Did you see them?
Wednesday night, skywatchers across Canada were once again treated to a dazzling display of the northern lights.
This is the second night in a row that the lights have danced across the sky.
“You could see it visually with the greens and reds and huge pillars,” stormchaser and photographer Dave Patrick said. “It’s been so long since I have seen a show like that.”
The lights were even captured from the International Space Station by astronaut Reid Wiseman.
Social media lit up with reports across Canada and the northern United States, with many describing them as being green and red with pillars that extended into the sky.
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The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are created when particles from the sun unleashed during a coronal mass ejection (CME) or solar flare, interact with Earth’s magnetic field. In this case, a CME left the sun on Aug. 22.
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