Photo: Melanie Hakala Rossi
A deep green auroral display is captured early Sunday morning from the Calumet Waterworks on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan.
The dazzling lights, which could be seen as far south as New York and Michigan, were fueled by a particularly strong solar storm that emitted X-class solar flares from the sun on July 12.
Photo: Cory Poole
The aurora borealis wasn't the only event that lured stargazers out in the middle of the night. In addition to the fantastical lights, the night sky was adorned with the planetary alignment of Jupiter and Venus next to the crescent moon in this photo taken by astrophotographer Cory Poole in the early morning of July 15 over Redding, Calif.
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