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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Aurora borealis, a phenomenon that you may not get many chances to see.

NewsChannel 9 meteorologist Carson Metcalf says northern lights are bursts of energy emitted from the sun, which is called a ‘coronal mass ejection,’ or CME. This solar energy travels through space then reacts with the Earth’s outer atmosphere or magnetosphere.

Electrons and protons in this part of the atmosphere become ‘excited,’ resulting in the colors that make up the northern lights in the sky.

The beautiful saturated hues of pinks, greens, and purples danced across the Central New York skies recently. But for some, they weren’t able to be seen due to cloud cover.

NewsChannel 9 wants you to spread the wealth, and share photos you snapped of the northern lights in your area!

Submit your northern lights pictures here!

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