Northern lights put on a show across the region

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The northern lights are pictured near Walhalla, North Dakota in this submitted photo. (Photo by Darrin Peterson)
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GRAND FORKS — It was a perfect night to take in the gorgeous sights of the northern lights on Saturday, as people from across the region headed out into the country to get just the right view of the aurora.

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The northern lights visible outside of Grand Forks on Saturday night, Sept. 3. (Submitted photo by Hannah Shirley)

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are a colorful display of light sometimes seen in the night sky in the northern hemisphere, according to the Canadian Space Agency . They also occur in the southern hemisphere where they are aptly called the "southern lights," or aurora australis.

The auroras form when "charged particles (electrons and protons) collide with gases in the Earth's upper atmosphere," the Canadian Space Agency says.


Those collisions cause small flashes that light up the sky.

"As billions of flashes occur in sequence, the auroras appear to move or 'dance' in the sky," the agency said.

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The northern lights visible outside of Grand Forks on Saturday night, Sept. 3. (Submitted photo by Hannah Shirley)

There may be another chance to catch the aurora again from about 10 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday, but National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's aurora forecast shows the lights may be weaker this time.

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The northern lights were visible on Saturday night, Sept. 3, near Union Lake, Minnesota. (Submitted photo by Travis Anderson)

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The northern lights displayed near Roseau, Minnesota on Saturday night, Sept. 3. (Submitted photo by Megan McIntyre)

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