Thanks to a massive solar storm, the Northern Lights made a rare appearance over the United States Monday night, turning the sky an eerie pink and green in Michigan and much of the Southeastern U.S. — including the Washington area.

The Aurora Borealis, as seen over Michigan. (Image via YouTube )

The Aurora Borealis is a rare sight in the skies above the U.S. But when the lights appeared on Sept. 2, 1859 over Boston, Pittsburgh, and Portland, the New York Times reported it was “so brilliant that at about one o'clock [a.m.] ordinary print could be read by the light.”

One person in East Michigan captured Monday’s spectacular light show and made the following time-lapse video:

The Northern Lights are caused by charged solar particles colliding with atoms in the upper atmosphere near the North Pole.