A huge solar storm created dazzling auroras worldwide on St. Patrick's Day

March 18, 2015 7:13 PM

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A huge solar storm created dazzling auroras worldwide on St. Patrick's Day

The northern lights over the still-frozen Lake Ontario, taken from western New York. (darosenbauer/Flickr)

Normally, bright auroras are only visible close to the poles — in places like Alaska or Iceland. (That's why they're colloquially known as the Northern Lights.) But on Tuesday, people could see the lights as far south as Illinois, New York, New Jersey...

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