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Dazzling Aurora Borealis Light Up The Skies As A Major Solar Storm Hits Earth

A severe geomagnetic storm Tuesday spawned widespread colorful aurora in the skies from the United States to Finland.

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In a rare occurrence, the aurora borealis — also known as the northern lights — lit up the skies across many parts of the Northern Hemisphere Tuesday as a result of a major solar storm.

This is just crazy! #AuroraBorealis #Aurorawatch #NorthernLights

On Tuesday night, the severe geomagnetic storm was just one notch below the highest category for a solar storm, and the northern lights were seen much further from the poles than usual, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center.

The beautiful lights generated by the storm were enjoyed by photographers across the northern U.S., Canada and Europe. Here are a few of the highlights:

Massachusetts

#Aurora sighting in MA! RT @MatthewCappucci @ericfisher Public beach in Bourne, MA. looking ENE towards Manomet Point

Minnesota

Northern Lights early Tuesday evening near Rochester, Minnesota. Photo: Marcella Chester. #Aurora #NorthernLights

Wisconsin

Aurora shot of my career tonight in New Auburn, Wi!! @spann @news8michelle @WEAUHoffman @reedtimmerTVN @LukeSampe

Another #aurora beauty tonight from the Cadott, WI area. courtesy Emmett Kyle. keep looking north!

Ontario, Canada

Aurora outside of Lucknow, Ontario

Stockholm, Sweden

Just a really cool shot of the #aurora over Stockholm, Sweden tonight via Peter Rosén

New York

#aurora #NorthernLights north shore of LI NY. Faint pillar just to the left of center. @LeeGoldbergABC7

Western New York -> MT @KWPhot0 My favorite #aurora shot from tonight. 43N just south of #ROC #NY

Ireland

@VirtualAstro @Tighnacoille @spottyscope Co. Galway too ..just ...

Iceland

WOW | Stunning pic of geomagnetic storm hitting Iceland. Epic night of Northern Lights ahead [H/T @ABC]

Michigan

#Aurora tonight via @tomkippen WJMN- Marquette, MI.

AWESOME! The view this Tuesday night from west Michigan. Photo: Christian VanAntwerpen. #Aurora #NorthernLights

New Hampshire

Festive! RT @ajgauthier @ericfisher St. Patty's Day aurora in NH @dartmouth #aurora #StPaddysDay

Vermont

The #AuroraBorealis is in full swing in Burke #VT

Finland

Another breathtaking photo of the #aurora in Ruka, Northern Finland by Timo Newton-Syms

Unreal view from #Finland, courtesy of @Jariy #AuroraBorealis #aurora #CME

This video explains the cause of the aurora borealis on our planet.

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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