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Slide Show: Northern Lights

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One of the most spectacular astronomical sights is the northern lights.

In scientific terms, they are charged particles from the sun that enter earth's atmosphere. They happen, according to the Northern Lights Center, between 50 and 400 miles above the earth's surface.

In visual terms, they are full of often brilliant colors including greens, pinks, blues, and reds.

When conditions are right, such as out in the country away from cities, they are often very visible. 

On Friday night, WXOW Internet Director Kevin Millard captured the photos in the slide show of the display put on by the lights. 

They were taken about five miles west of the WXOW studios out in the country. 

If you want to know when the northern lights are at their best, there are plenty of websites that share information on them. Here's one of the ones that is pretty easy to understand and use. 

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