IMAGES: Fire in the Sky

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Science  07 Nov 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5647, pp. 961
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5647.961e

Eerie red and green light paints the heavens near Dover, Oklahoma, where firefighter Dave Ewoldt snapped this photo on 29 October. It's rare for the aurora borealis to be seen so far south. But last week a humongous belch of ionized gas from the sun crashed into Earth's magnetic field, making the northern lights visible even in Texas. This gallery showcases some skywatchers' observations of the gaudy display. For more information on the sun's latest outbursts—which include the largest solar flare in 12 years—see this national Space Environment Center site. There you'll find real-time aurora maps, solar wind data, forecasts, and more.

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