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Spellbinding Photos: The Dazzling Auroras of October 2011

Aurora Outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan 2

Pete Mumbower

Pete Mumbower snagged this photo of the aurora outside Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 24, 2011.

Aurora Outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan 1

Pete Mumbower

Pete Mumbower snagged this photo of the aurora outside Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 24, 2011.

Northern Lights in the South

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

On Oct. 24, 2011, the Northern Lights glowed over North Alabama, visible even though the skies were bright from city lights. Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are unusual so far south — the colorful, 20-minute display was a rare sighting caused by a recent solar storm. This video was captured by the color allsky camera at the Automated Lunar and Meteor Observatory at the Marshall Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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