July 17, 2017 21:02 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Northern Lights paint the Michigan sky green

A geomagnetic storm caused the Northern Lights to be visible as far south as Michigan, New York and Washington State late Sunday night into early Monday morning.

Night owls in Michigan were treated to a natural light show Sunday night, when the Northern Lights reached south into the United States. 

The event, which is usually only viewed near the poles, was caused by a geomagnetic storm from the sun. 

One Michigan resident, Dustin Dilworth of D3 Imagery, took a time-lapse video of the display from the Mackinaw City end of the Mackinac Bridge. 

The video shows the sky being painted in strokes of neon green, from 2:30am to 3:15am Monday morning. 

The NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center said before nightfall that the Northern Lights - also known as aurora borealis - may be visible as low as New York, Wisconsin and Washington state. 

The event lasted from about 11pm Sunday to 5am on Monday. 

A geomagnetic storm caused the Northern Lights to be visible as far south as Michigan, New York and Washington State late Sunday night into early Monday morning

A geomagnetic storm caused the Northern Lights to be visible as far south as Michigan, New York and Washington State late Sunday night into early Monday morning

One Michigan resident captured the event - also known as aurora borealis - in a time-lapse video from the Mackinaw City end of the Mackinac Bridge

One Michigan resident captured the event - also known as aurora borealis - in a time-lapse video from the Mackinaw City end of the Mackinac Bridge

The video shows the sky being painted in strokes of neon green, from 2:30am to 3:15am Monday morning

The video shows the sky being painted in strokes of neon green, from 2:30am to 3:15am Monday morning

The Northern Lights are caused when charged particles from the sun get into the earth's atmosphere. The reason why this often happens near the two poles is because that's where the Earth's magnetic field is the weakest

The Northern Lights are caused when charged particles from the sun get into the earth's atmosphere. The reason why this often happens near the two poles is because that's where the Earth's magnetic field is the weakest

The color of the lights will depend on where in the atmosphere the photons are being released. Low levels produce yellow and greens, further up red colors are created and the highest levels create blue

The color of the lights will depend on where in the atmosphere the photons are being released. Low levels produce yellow and greens, further up red colors are created and the highest levels create blue

Another photographer captured a picture of the aurora appearing in shades of purple and yellow in the sky near Walla Walla, Washington. 

The Northern Lights are caused when charged particles from the sun get into the earth's atmosphere. The reason why this often happens near the two poles is because that's where the earth's magnetic field is the weakest. 

The particles from the sun then transfer energy to oxygen and nitrogen on earth, and to get rid of some of the energy, they cast off photons which cause the color display. 

The color of the lights will depend on where in the atmosphere the photons are being released. Low levels produce yellow and greens, further up red colors are created and the highest levels create blue. 

Before the discovery of what causes the aurora borelis - which means 'dawn of the North' - Vikings thought that they were a bridge to Asgard, land of the Gods. Christians in Finland thought they were the archangel Michael fighting with the Devil.   

Another photographer captured a picture of the aurora appearing in shades of purple and yellow in the sky near Walla Walla, Washington

Another photographer captured a picture of the aurora appearing in shades of purple and yellow in the sky near Walla Walla, Washington

 

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