X-flare impact Friday night near Yli-Ii, Finland  http://www.salamapaja.fi/archive

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Solar Storms Create Awesome Auroras

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http://www.hlp.fi/   Sky filled with Aurora Borealis an hour ago! #Finland

The sun shot out a double burst of electrically charged particles — known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs — directly toward us this week. The geomagnetic activity produced fantastic northern lights and we asked our readers to share some of their pictures with us. These are a few of the amazing images submitted.

ABOVE: Henri Luoma captured the Aurora Borealis filling the sky over a house in Finland on Friday night, Sept. 12.

Henri Luoma
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Jeff Bell in Alaska wrote on his blog about seeing the northern lights early on Sept. 13: "At 1:00 a.m. this morning, I found myself on the side of the road, mouth agape, staring at the sky. My vocabulary was reduced to the word “WOW!” and a series of expletives impolite to print. I was gawking at the most amazing aurora borealis show I’ve seen in my 10 years in Alaska. I was in complete awe."

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Aurora on Thursday night in Fairbanks, Ak.

Joseph N. Hall captured this aurora on Thursday night, Sept. 11, in Fairbanks, Ak.

Joseph N. Hall
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Another great night in Sweden! My wife and I have been in the US visiting family for the last few weeks but we returned to the north just in time for the show! One day after returning to Sweden a massive X - flare released a CME that created amazing auroras in the far southern reaches of Scandinavia. Tonight as I stood on the shore of a mirror calm lake and witnessed one of the brightest pink auroras I have ever seen I was once again reminded of how much I love my Swedish home! Now it is time to head back to Abisko to greet our first guests of the season! Captured with a Nikon D800 and a Samyang 14mm f2.8 lens. Photo: Lights Over Lapland Photographer Chad Blakley

Chad Blakley witnessed this bright pink aurora over a mirror-calm lake in Sweden on Sept. 12.

See Chad Blakley's time-lapse video of the Aurora Borealis

Chad Blakley
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Incredible aurora, I started photographing aurora in 2005 whilst working in the Antarctic and seeing Aurora Australis, tonight is the first time I have ever seen a blue aurora! Directly overhead, I got 4 shots with a lot of blue in them. This was my first night of aurora photography in Abisko as the latest member of the Lights Over Lapland team. Photo: Lights Over Lapland Photographer Mat Richardson.

Mat Richardson photographed this Incredible aurora in Finland's Abisko National Park.

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Mat Richardson
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X-flare impact Friday night near Yli-Ii, Finland  http://www.salamapaja.fi/archive

Thomas Kast saw these lights near Yli-Ii, Finland, on Sept. 12.

Thomas Kast
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