Northern Lights in Minnesota make skies glow

Photos and videos taken by viewers show a mesmerizing green glow as the aurora put on a stunning display overnight in Minnesota.

This phenomenon was caused by a geomagnetic storm that produced a spectacular aurora across the northern Midwest region, which includes Minnesota.

The Northern Lights are the result of “electrons colliding with the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

At night, rays from the Aurora Borealis can create an arc that stretches from horizon to horizon. Close to midnight, those arcs sway and sometimes can expand to fill the entire sky.

Darker skies make for better viewing conditions, according to KARE 11 meteorologist Laura Betker.

For the best chance of seeing the northern lights, get away from the city to a spot that has a clear view of the northern horizon.

Photos from Carla Goldschmidt and a video from Ben Sunne show the incredible glowing aurora.