Northern Lights dance in the sky over JacksonFree Access

(Telegram Photo by Jeremiah Shaver)

The Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, were sighted across Ohio on Friday, May 10. Typically, the phenomenon happens in places like Iceland, Finland, or Alaska, to name a few. This image of the Northern Lights featuring green, purple and pink colors was captured on Friday at 10:06 p.m. in Jackson County. The photo was taken just outside the city limits of Jackson on the north side of town. It was a rare occurrence. According to national media outlets, the lights were spotted from Maine to California and as far south as Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Northern Lights happen because of a molecular collision in the upper levels of Earth’s atmosphere that causes bursts of energy to be released in the form of visible light. An increase in solar activity causes auroras. The reason everyone was able to see it so far south was because of a powerful geomagnetic storm that reached the Earth.

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