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See the rare Northern Lights phenomenon in Florida, United States

Across Florida and the United States, people looked up at the night sky on Friday, May 10, and could see an astonishing sight: the Northern Lights, or Northern Lights.

What is causing the phenomenon? Late Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center issued a very rare geomagnetic storm alert for a barrage of coronal mass ejections from the sun that could last all weekend and possibly into early next week.

Photos posted on social media show the northern lights in the night skies of Florida and the United States.

See the beautifully captured event:

Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights Seen in Florida

What is the aurora or northern lights?

The aurora, or northern lights, are curtains of color that glow in the night sky when charged particles from the sun hurtle into Earth’s atmosphere. When particles collide with atoms in the atmosphere, they cause reactions in the nuclei of the atoms and surrounding electrons, producing light. Earth’s magnetic field directs particles toward its poles, where the northern and southern lights can be seen.

Read more about the solar storm warning: Why we may be able to see the Northern Lights from South Florida

Northern lights seen in the United States

Northern lights seen around the world

WHITLEY BAY, ENGLAND - MAY 10: People visit St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay to see the Northern Lights, commonly known as the Northern Lights, on May 10, 2024 in Whitley Bay, England.WHITLEY BAY, ENGLAND - MAY 10: People visit St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay to see the Northern Lights, commonly known as the Northern Lights, on May 10, 2024 in Whitley Bay, England.

WHITLEY BAY, ENGLAND – MAY 10: People visit St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay to see the Northern Lights, commonly known as the Northern Lights, on May 10, 2024 in Whitley Bay, England.

Did you capture the Northern Lights in Florida?

We would love to share your photos or videos. Please tell us the location where you capture the lights and send it to Laura Lordi at [email protected].

Laura Lordi is digital editor for The Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can contact her at [email protected].

This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Aurora borealis from rare solar storm seen in Florida, United States