Beautiful Northern Lights spotted in the Minnesota skies

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by CNN

KMOV.com

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 11:25 AM

WHEATON, Minn. -- Check out this amazing and surreal spectacle in the skies over Minnesota.

This is video of the northern lights glowing green and flashing over the skies near Wheaton Wednesday morning.

The phenomenon is also known as the Aurora Borealis.

It's caused by something called a coronal mass ejection or C-M-E.

That's when the sun releases a massive burst of solar wind, sending billions of particles into space.

NASA says the C-M-E hit Earth's magnetic field last weekend.

It caused a geomagnetic storm that we see here on Earth as the northern lights.

NASA also says C-M-E's can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground.

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