September 3, 2012 — Sky watchers across Canada were treated to a spectacular light show last night, thanks to Mother Nature.
Intense blasts of pink, yellow and green lit up the skies Saturday evening.
The auroras - which were visible in many Canadian communities - were prompted by a geo-magnetic storm, caused by a coronal mass ejection on August 31st.
Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, says that a CME occurs when the sun spits out a burst of charged particles.
"As those charged particles track near the earth, they interact with our magnetic field -- and that's what creates the burst of colours," she explains.
If you missed Saturday's show, there will be a repeat performance tonight.
Northern Canada will have the best seat in the house -- provided the skies are clear.
It's hard to predict when the auroras will be at their brightest, but the best time to catch them is usually around the midnight hour.