2011-10-27 / Local & State

Northern Lights Seen Here Oct. 24

Local residents reported seeing a rare display of the northern lights over the skies of Mc- Connellsburg Monday evening at about 9:30 p.m. Seen across the United States and Europe, the Weather Channel marked it as one of the farthest reaching auroral shows in years.

SpaceWeather.com reported that the cause of the show was a coronal ejection from the sun that hit the earth at about 2:00 p.m. ET on Monday. The impact caused a strong compression in the magnetic field, allowing electrically charged particles from the solar wind to penetrate the outer atmosphere.

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