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Sarnia residents capture stunning northern lights display

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Tara Jeffrey

Residents in Sarnia-Lambton captured some spectacular images of a rare northern lights show Sunday evening, as the stunning skies — known as the aurora borealis — were visible across parts of southern Ontario for the second time in two months.

Cassandra Taylor captured this image of the northern lights from Sarnia’s Woodrowe Beach, around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Centre, the earth was impacted by what’s known as a severe geomagnetic storm, “with an impact extending across the northern tier of the United States and into Canada.

“A coronal mass ejection, or CME, was seen erupting from the sun around midday on Friday… following a moderately strength M1 solar flare,” the agency noted. “When the edge of the plasma cloud sweeps past our planet, it is expected to cause a disturbance in Earth’s geomagnetic field.”

Marvin Sabu captured this image in Bright’s Grove around 11:50 p.m.

The resulting geomagnetic storm was expected to reach moderate levels late Sunday night into early Monday morning.

“As a result,” the Weather Network said, “we could see auroras farther south than usual.”

Residents in southern Ontario were also able to see a northern lights display in late March.

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Mohammad Ramadan captured this image of the northern lights at Sarnia’s Baxter Beach, around 11:15 p.m., Sunday night.

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