Photos: Dazzling Northern Lights Friday Night

By , Senior Meteorologist
June 30, 2013; 3:46 AM ET
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Ridle Photography captured this photo of the northern lights Saturday morning over the Helena Valley, Mont. Larger image is below.

Residents across the United States, as far south as Kansas, were treated to a dazzling display by the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.

Triggering the astronomical show Friday night was a geomagnetic storm that was ranked as strong (G3, on a scale of 1 to 5) by the National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center.

The intensity of the storm has since weakened and lessened the opportunity for others to view the Northern Lights Saturday night, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist and Astronomy Blogger Mark Paquette.

"We are near the peak of the solar cycle, meaning sunspot activity will continue to be active with an increased chance of geomagnetic storms and opportunities to view the Northern Lights," Paquette continued.

Ridle Photography captured this photo of the northern lights Saturday morning over the Helena Valley, Mont.

Auroras in Marysville, Ohio, courtesy of AccuWeather.com Astronomy Facebook fan Aaron R.

Twitter user @KevinCole509 told AccuWeather.com that he captured this image near the border of Grant and Franklin counties in Washington.

Submit your pictures of the Northern Lights to @breakingweather or the AccuWeather.com Astronomy Facebook page.

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