Solar storm brings dazzling Northern Lights further south

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Solar storm brings dazzling Northern Lights further south

This is one of those memories that gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. @haileyworth and I watched the northern lights dance from 3 am until sunrise on 3/17/2015. The most incredible show I'v ever witnessed! #northernlights #aurora #upnorth#elymn #dirtbarbieadventures

The Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) are seen on the sky above Pilisszentkereszt, 26 kms north of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday morning, March 18, 2015. Photo was taken from the viewpoint of Dobogoko in Salgotarjan. (AP Photo/MTI,Balazs Mohai)
A rare geomagnetic storm created some of the most stunning, vivid and expansive Aurora Borealis displays ever seen on Tuesday and Wednesday, and astronauts aboard the International Space Station undoubtedly had the best view. The Aurora, which stretched across the Northern Hemisphere as far as Pennsylvania Tuesday night, was the result of the largest solar storm of this solar cycle after two solar flares erupted from the sun Sunday.
The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District, with Blencathra and Skiddaw behind.
The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, over Derwent water near Keswick in the Lake District.
The northern lights shine behind a barn and silos in Pine Bush, New York. A strong solar storm on St. Patrick's Day made the aurora borealis visible much further south than usual. Pine Bush is about 80 miles north of New York City.
Polar lights shine bright in the nightly sky above Germany near Lietzen, Germany, 17 March 2015. Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa
Alberta truly has some amazing skies! #aurora
So this just happened over my head. #AuroraBorealis #NorthernLights http://t.co/USu9IA60ZE

St.Patricks's Day Aurora Borialis taken on the Northern Wisconsin / Upper Michigan stateline last night!#northernlights #aurora #auroraborialis#discoverwisconsin #adventure #explore #nature#sky #nightsky #wisconsin #wisco

The amazing northern light.
The northern lights are very rare in southern Finland so I have not seen or photographed these ever before. Wow the sky was so beautiful! This photo is from last night.
Words are not enough. This is in fact one of the crappiest photos from yesterday. What a show. Again. #Åre #Åreskutan #älskaåre #northernlights #auroraborealis #aurora #norrsken #natureaddict #nature_skyshotz #wilderness_culture #thealpineway #outbackcollective #outdoorpassion #mountainlife #instanaturefriends #nightphotography #best_skyshots #stars #sky
Yesterday sky #canon #canon_official #sigma #landscape #longexposure #nature #nightphotography #raseborg #finland #finnishnature #visitfinland #ourfinland #beautifulnorth #aurora #northernlights
A french #AuroraBorealis atop of the #Vosges mountains last night. #lesyeuxbraquésversleciel #aurora #aurore #northernlights #skyporn #astrophotography #milkyway #france #alsace #kp8
Fantastisk nordlys i Ørsta i går! Bilde tatt med #Canon #550D. #nordlys #aurora #auroraborealis #ørsta #norge #norway #nature #skylovers #skyporn #mørenytt #mittnorge #smpno #nyttiuka #vg
"Impact" Last night, charged particles from a Solar flare penetrated Earth’s Magnetic Shield and collided with atoms and molecules in our atmosphere. Result was most powerful solar storm with blasting coronas in this solar cycle (last 11 years) --> www.valentinovalkaj.zenfolio.com/plitvicetour #ylerevontulet #naantali #finland @ourfinland #suomi #aurora #auroraborealis #huffpostgram #Triggertrap
#Aurora Borealis over the knockmealdowns last night Waterford/tipperary border. http://t.co/SQsyVTGyZP
#aurora visible from Olds AB http://t.co/JZ1Ix9d0pH
Aurora tonight outside Winnipeg Canada http://t.co/f9nRt1vLvf
Nice and bright moments ago! Beautiful show of #NorthernLights http://t.co/v3M5Pui6Te
#NorthernLights http://t.co/n8ByGHr43z
Northern lights tonight #NorthernLights #AuroraBorealis #yqu #gpab @aurorawatch @weathernetwork http://t.co/kYGG2n47gC
Aurora On Saint Patricks Day from Jellicoe Ont. http://t.co/KPFExGc7Q4
Ahh! Best show yet 🍀 ✨ #northernlights #minnesota #elymn #aurora
Happy 🍀 Day #stpatricksday #northernlights #aurora #minnesota #elymn #outdoorwomen
FILE - This Jan. 23, 2012 file photo shows the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, near the city of Talkeetna, Alaska. This year and next year are expected to offer prime viewing for the northern lights due to a peak in the cycle of solar activity that causes the lights. The Fairbanks region of Alaska is gearing up for increased tourism as visitors flock to see the colorful but elusive phenomenon. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen, file)

The beautiful Aurora Borealis #rookiepond #elymn #northernlights

Last night I was watching all these aurora images coming in live from around #NewZealand - at the time I just couldn't get away, but in the end I just decided to go and drove down to the south coast of #Wellington hoping that there would still be some #aurora action left. I missed the main event, but did end up getting something...and it looks like it's potentially on again for tonight!
#NZ #Cromwell #Canon6d #Aurora #Centralotagonz #CentralOtago
Missed the peak of the #auroraaustralis last night by an hour. Totally gutted but managed to get a few colours in there. Shot at #redrocks. #aurora #nightsky #stars #aurorastorm #wellingtonsouthcoast #nightphotography #pinkskies #yvonneliewphotography #wellington #newzealand #nz
HDR shot taken just for fun on my Middlemarch Aurora Roadtrip tonight. Alone on road with colours and stars. #happy http://t.co/WX4sX356sj
Went to bed early last night?You missed one heck of a lightshow! Pic taken at 10:40pm #Dunedin #astronomy #aurora http://t.co/rmMKgRuXrp
Aurora Australis from thr waterfront at Bicheno tonight #Tasmania http://t.co/SWEoILEI5G
Moar pretty pink flares over green band of #AuroraAustralis in #Tasmania tonight! http://t.co/kAhSuvAjfO
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St. Patrick's Day was a little bit greener in North America and parts of Europe this year.

A severe solar storm that struck the Earth Tuesday night into Wednesday morning brought some beautiful sights further south, as the super charged Northern Lights graced areas like Minnesota, New York and Canada with bright green sights.

The spectacle stretched into parts of Sweden and England too, areas which rarely enjoy the Northern Lights, with some Brits spotting purple and pink hues.

The dazzling views were the pleasant side-effect of a storm that smacked into the Earth Tuesday after two wild blasts of magnetic plasma came crashing into Earth. With a level 4 rank on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's scale for geomagnetic effects, the solar storm was the strongest to hit our planet since 2013.

Check out some of the brilliant Aurora Borealis pictures in the gallery above and some of the cool shots of the solar flares that cause them below:

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Solar flare images from years gone by
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Solar storm brings dazzling Northern Lights further south
IN SPACE - MARCH 6: In this handout from NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a X5.4 solar flare, the largest in five years, erupts from the sun's surface March 6, 2012. According to reports, particles from the flare are suppose to reach earth early March 7, possibly disrupting technology such as GPS system, satellite networks and airline flights. (Photo by NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - FEBRUARY 15: In a screen grab taken from a handout timelapse sequence provided by NASA / SDO, a solar spot in the centre of the Sun is captured from which the first X-class flare was emitted in four years on February 14, 2011. The images taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft reveal the source of the strongest flare to have been released in four years by the Sun, leading to warnings that a resulting geo-magnetic storm may cause disruption to communications and electrical supplies once it reaches the earths magnetic field. (Image by NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JUNE 7: In this handout from NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory, a solar large flare erupts off the sun June 7, 2011 in space. A large cloud of particles flew up and then was pulled back down to the sun's surface. According to NASA, the event is not suppose have any effect once the particles reach the earth on either June 8 or June 9. (Photo by NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory via Getty Images)
SPACE - JULY 04: This image, captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows the M5.3 class solar flare that peaked at 5:55 AM EDT on July 04, 2012. The flare is shown in the 131 Angstrom wavelength, a wavelength that is particularly good for capturing the radiation emitted from flares. The wavelength is typically colorized in teal as shown here. PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA / Barcroft Media /Barcoft Media via Getty Images
IN SPACE - NOVEMBER 18: In this handout photo provided by NASA, an MDI image shows giant sunspots 486 and 488, which caused intense space weather last month, and have been hiding on the far side November 18, 2003 on the sun. Sunpsot 488 is already visible and appears large. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
1974: A solar flare on the surface of the sun, caused by the sudden release of energy from the magnetic field. Original Artwork: Photograph taken from the Skylab space station. (Photo by E. Gibson/MPI/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 15: Skylab, America's first space station launched on 14th May 1973, carried many scientific experiments. The biggest was the Apollo Telescope Mount which contained eight instruments to study the sun at various wavelengths, including the extreme ultaviolet. Because the Earth�s atmosphere intercepts much of the ultraviolet radiation, it was not possible to observe the Sun at these wavelengths until telescopes could be deployed in space. The Sun�s emissions of extreme ultraviolet radiation increase during the solar maximum, the period of increased sunspot and solar flare activity which occurs roughly every 11 years. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: One of the most spectacular solar flares (upper left) ever recorded spanning more than 588,000 km across the solar surface. NASA photograph. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
This extreme ultraviolet wavelength image provided by NASA shows a solar flare. An impressive solar flare is heading toward Earth and could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights. An impressive solar flare is heading toward Earth and could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center said the sun erupted Tuesday evening and the effects should start smacking Earth late Wednesday night, close to midnight EST. They say it is the biggest in five years and growing. (AP Photo/NASA)
This TV image provided by NASA Wednesday March 29, 2006 shows two solar flares seen at the top of the disk during the total solar eclipse captured in Turkey's Mediterranean town of Side. The last such eclipse in November 2003 was best viewed from Antarctica, said Alex Young, a NASA scientist involved in solar research. Total eclipses are rare because they require the tilted orbits of the sun, moon and earth to line up exactly so that the moon obscures the sun completely. The next total eclipse will occur in 2008. (AP Photo/NASA)
A powerful solar flare that erupted Wednesday afternoon Oct.29, 2003, at 3:48 pm EST, is seen with the Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope aboard NASA's SOHO satellite.The telescope is sensitive to extreme ultraviolet light, resulting in the green hue. The event was the second in as many days.(AP Photo /NASA )
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