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Aurora Borealis Northern Lights Show Visible Across Top of US

Image: Aurora Borealis Northern Lights Show Visible Across Top of US Aurora Borealis seen at an Amish Farm in Easton, Maine.

By Michael Mullins   |   Friday, 04 Oct 2013 07:32 AM

Aurora Borealis, the natural light display in the night skies commonly referred to as the northern lights, put on a show that could be observed as far west as Oregon and Alaska, and as far east as New Hampshire.

The Aurora Borealis light show was caused by a solar flare directed at the Earth, AccuWeather.com reported.

"[The] showing was very impressive, and very rare," AccuWeather.com's Mark Paquette said. "It was at least as good as, ironically enough, Oct. 1 of last year and probably better."

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"Very rarely do you see an event last long enough to make two nights in a row like last night," Paquette added.

Dozens of photos capturing the Aurora Borealis earlier this week were posted to Twitter by observers from around the country.

The northern lights were reportedly most visible Tuesday night for the majority of the country, becoming less prominent later in the week due to reduced visibility caused by cloud cover in certain areas, AccuWeather.com reported.

Of course, Americans weren't the only ones who witnessed and captured the Aurora Borealis' beauty overhead this week.

As suggested by their name, the northern lights are generally seen in high latitude regions, such as the Antarctic and parts of northern Europe.

Contrary to popular belief, the lights are not more prevalent in the winter months, but rather just more visible in the dark night sky, considering there is more light during the summer which obscures their visibility.

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