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Favorite photos of September 12 aurora

Two powerful storms on the sun this week resulted in beautiful displays of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, that dipped down as far as the northern U.S.

Gibfoto in Norway caught this beautiful shot of last night's aurora - September 12, 2014 - from Norway.

Gibfoto in Norway caught this beautiful shot of last night’s aurora – September 12, 2014 – from Norway.

Two powerful storms on the sun this week released solar particles that began striking Earth’s atmosphere early Friday morning (September 12, 2014). As a result, many at northerly latitudes – and some at latitudes like those of the northern U.S. – saw beautiful displays of the northern lights last night. These are a few of our favorites. Thanks to all who posted on EarthSky’s Facebook page.

Star trails and the September 12 aurora, as captured by Mike Lewinski in Maine.

Star trails and the September 12 aurora, as captured by a href=’https://www.facebook.com/mlewinski’ target=_blank>Mike Lewinski in Maine.

Eileen Claffey in Massachusetts caught this shot of the September 12 aurora

Eileen Claffey in Massachusetts caught this shot of the September 12 aurora

Salamapaja, aka Thomas Kast, captured the September 12 aurora in Finland.

Salamapaja, aka Thomas Kast, captured the September 12 aurora in Finland.

Mike Taylor in Maine caught this photo of last night's aurora.  More about Mike and this photo.

Mike Taylor in Maine caught this photo of last night’s aurora. More about Mike and this photo.

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