The northern lights illuminate Asheville (again)

The natural light show danced its way across Asheville skies for the second time in a month.

View of the Northern Lights over Asheville

The skies glowed pink on the night of March 23, the first sighting of the northern lights in Asheville.

It’s a rare phenomenon to see the aurora borealis as far south as Asheville. But it’s even more rare to see it appear twice in one month.

Late Sunday night, the sparkling sky was painted in shades of pink that could nearly be missed by the naked eye. The aurora borealis are more commonly seen in Iceland, Canada, and parts of Alaska. But a severe geomagnetic storm brought these ethereal views right to our backyard.

How does it work?
In layman’s terms, charged particles from the sun’s atmosphere collide with gas from the earth’s atmosphere. This collision produces colorful flashes of light, with color changes caused by the types of gas particles colliding.

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