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Aurora borealis lights up the sky


Staff writers

September 3, 2012 — Sky watchers across Canada were treated to a spectacular light show last night, thanks to Mother Nature.

The best time to spot aurora borealis is usually near the midnight hour
The best time to spot aurora borealis is usually near the midnight hour

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.

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