Americans farther south were treated on Monday night to a rare display of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights.
The display produced some amazing pictures, and within hours of the show, dozens of videos of the event had been uploaded to YouTube.
The display was special treat for those in the American south. According to CNN, the northern lights are usually seen no farther south than Boston, Minneapolis or Seattle, but a moderate-level geomagnetic storm, coupled with dark, clear skies, created ideal conditions for the light show.
According to the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, auroras are created when electrons from space collide with atoms and molecules of gases (like oxygen and nitrogen) from the Earth's atmosphere. These collisions produce the amazing displays of light that we can see.
A couple of the videos in the slideshow below are from as far south as Missouri and Arkansas. Others are from more northern latitudes, like Norway and Michigan.
Watch the videos below and vote for your favorite.
Click here for more about Monday night's display.
Northern Lights as seen from East Martin Michigan on October 24 2011
Here is a little time lapse from stills showing the faint aurora explode in just a few minutes to become some of the brightest aurora ever seen at such low latitudes.
Nordlys over Viksdalen i Sunnfjord 25.10.2011. Timlapse med 45 sek interval eksponering '30 , F4 ISO 400
My quick attempt at a timelapse of the brief aurora storm that occured on October 24, 2011. The timelapse was recorded with a Nikon D90 and 10.5mm fisheye lens.
Aurora borealist of October 24 2011 , picture taken from Pointe-au-P
Red Aurora dancing over the village of Lumby, North Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada on October 24, 2011.