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#Aurora: Northern lights — and southern ones — appear after solar ejection

06/23/2015 09:12 EDT | Updated 06/23/2016 05:59 EDT
Photos of the aurora borealis — and aurora australis, as they're known in the southern hemisphere — were trending on Twitter overnight as Earth's atmosphere showed the effects of a solar storm. 

A coronal mass ejection occurred Sunday and a stream of charged particles has been making its way from the sun to the Earth since. The result was northern and southern lights visible farther away from the poles than usual. 

While cloud cover obscured the aurora for many people, that wasn't an issue for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. 

Canadians with clear skies were treated to a light show as the solar particles interacted with the Earth's magnetic field. 

Sightings of the northern lights are rarer in the U.S. and the U.K., so these photos are particularly special. 

The coronal ejection was massive enough that the aurora australis, or southern lights, were visible in Australia, as well. 

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