A gorgeous aurora was seen on Cape Cod, Mass. last night. (Chris Cook via spaceweather.com)

A series of coronal mass ejections over the past few days have hurled bursts of solar gas and magnetic field at our planet, sparking a severe geomagnetic storm and pushing the aurora borealis deep into the Lower 48.

On Monday night, the northern lights were photographed in states that rarely get to witness the optical manifestation of a solar storm. The Northeast was brimming with hues of green, pink and purple, but photographers in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas and even Texas.

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If you happened to head outside around 1:30 a.m. in central Virginia, you might have caught this view. A very dark sky was needed to see the aurora down here, but David Murr in Louisa, Va., shared some great northern lights with us.

Louisa, Va. (David Murr via Flickr and Twitter )

Louisa, Va. (David Murr via spaceweather.com )

Another shot from The Plains, Va.:

The Plains, Va. (Robert B. Slobins via spaceweather.com )

McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, Texas. (Frank Cianciolo via spaceweather.com )


Northern Georgia. (Tyler Penland via spaceweather.com )

West Virginia:

West Virginia (Michael Charnick via spaceweather.com )

Hayward, Wisc. (Brett Morgan via spaceweather.com )


Morillton, Arkansas. (Brian Emfinger via spaceweather.com )

On the Appalachian Trail near the Massachusetts-Connecticut border:

From the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire:

New Hampshire:



Big Lake, Minn. (Ian via spaceweather.com )

South Dakota:

DeSmet, S.D. (Christian Begeman via spaceweather.com )


Marquette, Mich. (Ashley Williams via spaceweather.com )

Menominee, Mich. (Duane Clausen via spaceweather.com )


Philadelphia. (Jeff Berkes via spaceweather.com )

State College, Pa. (Samuel J. Hartman via spaceweather.com )


Steamboat Springs, Colo. (Marc Swanson via spaceweather.com )


North Dakota:


New York: