By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

A dazzling show

NWI residents glimpse northern lights


May 16, 2024


Local photographer Laura Lux snapped this photo north of Hartley.

Eyes were glued to the night sky last weekend as area residents were treated to a rare sight.

The aurora borealis, commonly referred to as the northern lights, were visible in the upper-Midwest last week thanks to a large geomagnetic storm. Northwest Iowa got in on the show Friday and Saturday.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the northern lights are created when energized particles from the sun slam into Earth's upper atmosphere at speeds of up to 45 million mph. Our planet's magnetic field protects us from the onslaught and redirects the particles towa...

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