Watch the Dazzling Display of Northern Lights as Seen Over Iowa
Thanks to a recent solar storm, the northern lights were seen further south than normal and that included parts of Iowa as a new video share revealed.
I've seen this video shared from multiple locations, so I'll include all of them here to make sure I'm giving credit where credit is due. The northern lights as seen over Oran, Iowa was first spotted on YouTube.
I also saw the same display shared by USA Today. They credited Momentz By Marks Photography via Storyful.
If you're not familiar with the northern part of Iowa, Oran is located here to the northeast of Waterloo.
The northern lights (aka aurora borealis) is explained well by Space.com:
At any given moment, the sun is ejecting charged particles from its corona, or upper atmosphere, creating what's called the solar wind. When that wind slams into Earth's ionosphere, or upper atmosphere, the aurora is born.
It takes a pretty significant solar storm for the northern lights to be seen as far south as Iowa and that's exactly what happened a few days ago as documented by The Weather Channel. So glad that someone captured the moment of dancing light over Iowa so I could share it with you.