Eerie greenish-glows lit up skies across southern Canada earlier this week. But if you happened to miss the stunning light show, don’t worry — we’ve got all the highlights.
Thanks to three coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from the sun, Canadians from coast to coast were treated with the rare views of the aurora borealis. The phenomenon occurs when those CMEs (which are huge bubbles of gas threaded with magnetic field lines) collide with atoms and molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere.
It wasn’t long before some pretty incredible images started appearing on social media:
A photo posted by Jeff Wallace (@wherezjeff) on
— Theresa (Tree)Tanner (@treetanner) June 16, 2015
— Jeff Clements (@biolumiJEFFence) June 23, 2015
A photo posted by Aaron Deng (@dylaronphoto) on
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If you missed your chance to see the aurora borealis on June 22, there’s still a good chance you’ll be able to see it tonight (June 23). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center reported this morning that “Solar wind conditions remain highly favorable for continued Strong Geomagnetic storming, with both fast solar wind and strong magnetic fields. Aurora watchers in North America…should stay alert.”