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Northern Lights dance across Canadian skies, see photos


Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Monday, July 17, 2017, 1:19 PM - The Northern Lights lit up the sky Sunday night and early Monday morning across Canada.

While cloud cover and light pollution inhibited some Canadians from seeing the spectacular display, there were a few skywatchers that managed to catch a glimpse.

The typical auroras that are seen in the night sky are caused when energetic particles from the Sun collide with air molecules in the upper atmosphere, and transfer some of their energy to those molecules. The excited air molecules then dump that excess energy in the form of light. Most auroras - the ribbons, swirls and pillars of reds, blues, greens, and pinks - are due to solar electrons doing the colliding.

According to The Weather Network viewer Alex Cadar, the lights were visible as far south as Vancouver, B.C. The photo below is a view from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, looking north over Howe Sound.

Courtesy: Alex Cadar -- West Vancouver, British Columbia

In Leslieville, Alta., the geomagnetic storm made for the perfect wedding photo backdrop.

"A beautiful Aurora Borealis peeking through an active lightning event with rain made this bride and groom's vows so much more meaningful," said viewer Christy Turner.

Courtesy: Christy Turner -- Leslieville, Alberta

Maritimer and photographer Barry Burgess drove to Arisaig Provincial Park, Nova Scotia in order to get away from the fog. He managed to capture the stunning photo below.

Courtesy: Barry Burgess -- Antigonish, Nova Scotia

More must see photos of the Aurora Borealis below.

Courtesy: Andrew Warren -- South Porcupine, Ontario






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