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PHOTOS: Aurora Borealis Shines for Some Wednesday Night

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, Staff Writer
October 6, 2013; 12:14 AM ET
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A solar flare directed at the Earth put on a spectacular display of northern lights for much of the country Tuesday night.

"[The] showing was very impressive, and very rare,"'s Mark Paquette said. "It was at least as good as, ironically enough, Oct. 1 of last year and probably better."

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Some Astronomy Facebook page fans were able to snap these impressive photographs of the lights.

"Very rarely do you see an event last long enough to make two nights in a row like last night," Paquette said.

Tuesday night, the lights were seen as far south as Kansas and Kentucky.

Conditions on Wednesday were less favorable as they did not extend as far south and many areas faced increased cloud coverage. Some fans, however, were still able to capture some incredible images.

Several colors light up the sky in the Central Oregon Cascades on Tuesday. Photo by Jason Brownlee Photography & Design.

A streak of brilliant orange edges the tree line in Kingston, N.Y., Tuesday night with a 30 second exposure and Canon D60Da, f2.8, ISO 3200, 16mm. Photo by Peter J Scott.

Pinks and greens overlay a star-studded sky in central Ohio Tuesday night. Photo by Aaron Rigsby.

The aurora borealis as seen near Dunlap, Iowa, Tuesday. Photo by Clouded Lens Photography.

Vibrant shots of northern lights in Minnehaha County, S.D., on Tuesday. Photo by Christian Begeman.

Bright greens reflect back at the sky from this lake at the 45th Parallel in northern Michigan on Tuesday. Photo by Christopher Blake.

This photo from the Wednesday overnight was taken in over Gile Pond in Sutton, N.H., with a Canon 5DMKIII, Canon 16-35mm at 16mm, ISO 2500, f/2.8, 20 sec. Photo by Garrett Evans.

Favorable conditions at Norjavarvi Lake in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, on Wednesday made for this stunning shot. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov with Canon 5D mk2, Canon 24-105 mm at F4.0, ISO 1250, exposure 30 sec.

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