Solar storm brings dazzling Northern Lights further south

Solar storm brings dazzling Northern Lights further south
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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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