Northern Lights Light Up the Southern Skies

The Northern Lights illuminate the night sky near Lietzen, eastern Germany, in a long-exposure photograph made on March 6, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Patrick Pleul/dpa via AP)
The Northern Lights illuminate the night sky near Lietzen, eastern Germany, in a long-exposure photograph made on March 6, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Patrick Pleul/dpa via AP)

Sky-gazers as far south as the United Kingdom were treated to a spectacular show when the Northern Lights lit up the heavens Sunday night.

The luminous greens, reds and blues — the aurora borealis — are the result of a strong solar wind escaping from the sun. When the particles reach Earth, they interact with the planet’s magnetic field to paint the sky in dazzling colors.

In the United States, sightings of the light show were reported from Maine to Massachusetts.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Alyssa Newcomb