The rare sighting of the Aurora Borealis was due to a massive burst of energy from the sun, said Valerie Mills, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
"The sun spins kind of like a garden hose watering a flower bed," she said. "In this case the energy particles were pointed in the right direction."
The Aurora Borealis was visible over all parts of the northwestern United States Tuesday, Mills said.
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