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Northern lights to peak Thursday evening

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Thursday, January 9, 2014, 3:14 PM -

This evening, northern lights will dance across the sky over Scandinavia, North America and the Yukon. 

Aurora borealis, or northern lights, have been making a nightly appearance for a few days, but activity is expected to peak Thursday evening.

The Earth is in the midst of a geomagnetic storm and when solar particles collide with gases in the Earth's atmosphere, it creates the breathtaking bursts of light we call auroras.


PHOTO GALLERY: Stunning northern lights


The most common colour you'll see is green, but hues can range from red to purple.

BEST PLACE TO SEE THE AURORAS

"The auroras will be present in the sky above the Prairies, but people probably won't be able to see them due to cloud cover," explains Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon.

"There will be clear skies in Iceland and Norway Thursday evening. People in these countries are likely to have the best view."

If you have aurora borealis photos you'd like to share, upload them to our website. You might see your photographs on TV!

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