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The Northern lights, or aurora borealis, have been casting an amazing glow across the northern part of the continent this week. It's not common to see them in South Dakota, but last weekend's geomagnetic storm on the sun's surface was one of the strongest since September of 2005. The aurora is caused when those charged particles from the sun interact with gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere, producing a rainbow of colors.
took these photos late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. Another solar storm is forecast for tonight (Wednesday), so there's a good chance to see the lights again. The best viewing time is between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m., when skies are clear and dark. Look to the north and hope.
Tommie Fantine Lauer shared these photos from the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls.
Pilots and crew of 10 hot air balloons flew from the historic Stratobowl on September 20-22.
Michele Richter shared these photos of buffalo battling in Custer State Park last Saturday.
Sumac adds a rosy tint to the scenery at Good Earth and Hartford Beach state parks.
It's a beautiful September day to lay the floor for South Dakota Magazine's new addition.