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Have You Seen This? Northern lights provide a trippy show over Alaska's Glacier Bay

An aurora borealis over Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska on Sunday.

An aurora borealis over Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska on Sunday. (Glacier Bay National Park)

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THE NIGHT SKY — Many parts of the world experienced one heck of a light show from an aurora borealis over the weekend.

An aurora borealis, commonly referred to as the northern lights, is a phenomenon caused when particles from the sun collide with the Earth's atmosphere at speeds up to 45 million mph, explains. Earth's magnetic fields move these particles toward the two poles, creating one incredible spectacle in the sky.

The outlet notes that recent "strong sun activity" resulted in an ongoing show observed from the British Isles through Death Valley National Park in California. People were given front-row seats to dancing streaks of green, red and even purple in the heavens above.

Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska happened to be at the center of it on Sunday. The Last Frontier often experiences the northern lights given its proximity to the North Pole; however, this weekend's show seemed to take it to another level.

Park rangers uploaded a pair of incredible videos that highlight the beauty of the northern lights, one of a gorgeous light show over Bartlett Cove in the park; the other, a trippy time-lapse video of the same show over Glacier Bay Lodge.

As they put it: "The Glacier Bay Lodge is empty and still, but the sky above is anything but."

It just goes to show how groovy the night sky can really be.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.


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