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    Timelapse: Meteor Shower Encounters Rare Northern Lights Display

    By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    October 12, 2013, 12:59:05 AM EDT

    For the second time in two weeks, a brief northern lights display flashed across the sky down into the Upper Midwest and into the Northeastern states on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

    The northern lights, also called the aurora borealis, are created when radiation from a solar flare reaches the Earth's atmosphere and reacts with its charged protons. The direction of the solar flare will determine the intensity of the lights and how far south they will go. Had a direct solar flare occurred, the lights would have extended farther south.

    From Wednesday into early Thursday morning, the aurora collided with another celestial show: the Draconid meteor shower.

    The two events were captured together in a time-lapse video on October 8-9 in Bellaire, Mich.

    Timelapse by Darrell Christie.

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