Supercharged northern lights produce dazzling show

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A supercharged northern lights display put on a show in West Michigan Monday night.

Time lapse video and some high-quality images were captured overnight by FOX 17 photojournalist Shawn Deweerd at Ludington State Park.

Courtesy: FOX 17's Shawn DeWeerd

Courtesy: FOX 17's Shawn DeWeerd

The geomagnetic storm was caused by the Sun's coronal holes, which are regions where the star's corona is dark. The high-speed solar wind comes from the coronal hole, according to NASA. This high-speed solar wind helps produce an intense northern lights display.

The dramatic display can also be attributed to activity happening on the sun's surface, according to the British Geological Survey. Large explosions on the sun's surface emit huge amounts of charged particles that pour into space and some make their way to Earth.

Auroras form when charged particles from the solar winds enter Earth's magnetic field and travel to the planet's poles where the particles collide with atoms of gas in the atmosphere.

The collision is what creates the vibrant light displays, which are typically seen in places around the Arctic Circle.


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