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Chasing the Northern Lights

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 (NECN) Sightings of the Northern Lights excited nature photographers and sparked a flurry of posts to social media Tuesday night and very early Wednesday morning. According to the Vermont-based website Northern Lights Now, a particularly active geomagnetic storm made for impressive sightings from Europe to Ohio.

"It's still awesome, every time you see it," said Dan Russell of Colchester, Vermont, an experienced aurora borealis chaser.

Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, Russell took time-lapse video that showed pillars of bold colors dancing overhead. The displays are created when highly-energized particles from solar storms make gases in the upper atmosphere glow.

"It takes a little time for your eyes to adjust, but once they do, it's just impressive to see the light shimmering and moving across the sky," Russell said of the experience of witnessing the Northern Lights.

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