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Photos: Spectacular aurora from severe solar storm light up northern skies

Aurora over Pernaja, Southern Finland, March 17, 2015 ( <a href="http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=110029">Kaj Skogstrom via SpaceWeather.com</a> )

The St. Patrick’s Day geomagnetic storm, the most intense since fall of 2013, spurred dazzling aurora before and after sunset, and then finally faded.

[Severe geomagnetic storm spurs beautiful aurora (Photos)]

On Tuesday evening, forecasts indicated a slight chance aurora would be viewable as far south as the Mid-Atlantic, but the farthest south we’ve seen reports were in Illinois, Ohio and northern New Jersey – which is nonetheless quite unusual.

Some of the most dramatic aurora were seen in Iceland and northern Europe.  Parts of the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, even, were treated to an amazing light show.  And the Southern Hemisphere was not left out.  Beautiful aurora were spotted in New Zealand and Australia, too.

Here’s a selection of photos from Twitter, Facebook, and the SpaceWeather.com gallery – a tremendous resource for aurora photos.

United States

Alaska

Illinois

Massachusetts

Maine

Michigan

New Jersey

New York 

Ohio

Wisconsin

Europe

Iceland

Finland

Germany

Norway

Poland

Sweden

United Kingdom

Sightings of the Aurora Borealis, commonly known as northern lights, were reported across Europe including near Penmon Point, Wales. (Video: CJ Barr via YouTube)

Southern Hemisphere

Australia

New Zealand

Sightings of the Aurora Australis were reported across parts of Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday, March 17. This footage is shows the aurora near Christchurch, New Zealand. (Video: Steven Graham via YouTube)

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