It got here late, but it was worth the wait.
The first of two coronal mass ejections (CME) reached Earth on Saturday, a day later than the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) had anticipated. But the particles that were ejected from the sun earlier in the week interacted with our magnetosphere and put on a beautiful northern lights show across the country.
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Those who had clear skies were treated to bright green arcs of light dancing across the sky, with some pinks and reds.
The sky is illuminated with reds and greens in this photo taken by Dave Patrick in Ipperwash Provincial Park, Ontario. Courtesy Dave Patrick
The sky is illuminated with reds and greens in this photo taken by Dave Patrick in Ipperwash Provincial Park, Ontario.
Courtesy Dave Patrick
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— Dave Patrick (@wwxchaser) December 21, 2015
Some people had a special vantage point.
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— lwmbecker (@lwmbecker) December 21, 2015
But Saturday’s show wasn’t the last.
The second CME reached slammed into Earth on Sunday night, giving those who might have missed it a second chance.
The northern lights dance across the sky on the night of Dec. 20-21 over the Gardiner Dam, about 100 km south of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. File/Courtesy Garry Stone
The northern lights dance across the sky on the night of Dec. 20-21 over the Gardiner Dam, about 100 km south of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
File/Courtesy Garry Stone
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— wawa (@wawa_kellett) December 21, 2015
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— Notanee Bourassa (@DJHardwired) December 21, 2015
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— Nㅂㄱㅂ ᒥᑭᑦᑐᖅ D∩ᖶᖶ⅄ (@Inukphysiker) December 21, 2015
A meteor streaks above the northern lights 12km north of Regina, Saskatchewan. Courtesy Notanee Bourassa
A meteor streaks above the northern lights 12km north of Regina, Saskatchewan.
Courtesy Notanee Bourassa
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— rmedia Photography (@rmediaPhotograp) December 21, 2015
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— Happy Loxmas (@loxyisme) December 21, 2015
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— Hugo Sanchez (@YEGHugo) December 21, 2015
The northern lights were not just visible from Canada, but from around the world.
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— Best Of Minnesota (@BestPixMN) December 21, 2015
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— CAG Photography (@MadCowFudge) December 21, 2015
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— Bonita Carmel (@44ad5c37594a420) December 21, 2015
This was the third time in two weeks that we were treated to a light show courtesy of the sun. The SWPC isn’t forecasting any for the coming days, though, with the sun, that might change.