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Posted at 07:18 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Aurora over the D-M-V: Did you see the Northern Lights?


Auroras are best known for being visible at higher latitudes. Aurora borealis fill the sky over Finnmark county in northern Norway. (SCANPIX NORWAY - REUTERS)
Local skywatchers may have witnessed a spectacular sight Monday night, when a phenomenon normally reserved for the world’s northernmost corners was visible in the Washington area.

From Alabama to New York to Maryland, people across the U.S. reported seeing rare all-red auroras — or Northern Lights — prompting much excitement on social media networks.

According to the Web site SpaceWeather.com, the light display was caused by a coronal mass ejection, or solar eruption, that took place Monday afternoon.

Once the sun set, the effect of the ensuing geomagnetic storm was visible over much of North America.

The storm is reportedly subsiding, but sky-watchers to the north could see lingering auroras tonight.

Did you see Tuesday’s aurora? Share your pictures by tweeting us @postlocal or @capitalweathergang, and describe what you saw in the comments below. Here’s a roundup of photos we found from around the country on Twitter:

Related:

Capital Weather Gang: Northern lights seen in more than half of U.S. (Videos)

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