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Solar wind causes northern lights over Midwest

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The northern lights were visible in the north sky overnight Friday into Saturday morning. The shades of red and green were visible in parts of Ohio to as far south as Kansas. A strong solar storm forced the aurora southward from Canada into the United States for several hours early Saturday morning. The most impressive viewing conditions came out of the Pacific northwest where bright curtains of green, pink and red filled the sky. 

The sun is currently in an active phase when solar storms and aurora sightings occur more often. The solar activity is expected to stay high and possibly peak this fall. Solar activity should slowly start to diminish later in 2014.

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