26 Oct '11, 2am

Pictures: Northern lights take unusual trip down south in US

Pictures: Northern lights take unusual trip down south in US

In this photo provided by Brian Emfinger, aurora borealis lights up the sky on Monday, Oct 24, 2011. -- PHOTO: AP WASHINGTON (AP) - A baffling solar storm pulled colourful northern lights unusually far south, surprising space weather experts and treating skywatchers to a rare and spectacular treat in the United States. A storm-chasing photographer captured the strange sky show in Arkansas on Monday night. People in Kentucky and Georgia reported their sightings to local television stations. A special automated Nasa camera that takes a picture of the sky every minute in Huntsville, Alabama, captured 20 minutes of the vibrant red and green aurora borealis. In Arkansas, Brian Emfinger called the view 'extremely vivid, the most vivid I have ever seen. There was just 15 to 20 minutes where it really went crazy.' Mr Emfinger, a storm chaser, captured the vibrant nighttime images ...

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