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LOOK: Northern lights in Spokane

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KHQ's Ryan Overton captured some amazing pictures Monday night of the Northern Lights KHQ's Ryan Overton captured some amazing pictures Monday night of the Northern Lights
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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Monday night everyone was hub-bub about the 'meteor' that came streaking across the sky late in the evening. However, no one noticed the other spectacle that is extremely rare in the lower latitudes of the hemisphere, and that was the northern lights. Also known as the Aurora Borealis. Dancing high up in the sky a brilliant light display that very few ever get to see, and even less in Spokane.

However, last night was quite the display for the Inland Northwest and if you noticed a faint green glow against the northern horizon and didn't know what it was, it was the northern lights.

Aurora's, which are normally seen in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, are caused a few different things. The first is the solar winds from the sun that carry charged particles of electrons and protons, they come in contact with the earth's atmosphere. Then when these particles come in contact with the earth's magnetosphere, they accelerate around the poles, where it is strongest. Once then these particles come in contact with different gases in the earths atmosphere they light up in a display of dancing lights in the sky. Otherwise known as the Auroras.

Of course, the northern lights are more of a common sight in Alaska. They are seen only a few times a year in Spokane and last night if you saw them, count yourself lucky. Peak times for the auroras are best during Spring and Autumn months.

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