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.
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: