A strong solar storm that hit the earth this week has indeed brought with it a dazzling display of the Northern Lights. From Alaska to Scandanvia, the aurora gives us an awe-inspring view of the northern sky at night. From Weather.com:
The National Weather Service has been been keeping a watch on our Sun as it starts to move into a phase of increased activity called Solar Max. The sun will throw off more stellar matter and radiation which is what causes the Northern Lights when it hits the magnetic field that surrounds the Earth.