Inside the Storm: Incredibly bright northern lights spotted in Iowa overnight

A rare event captured on video of the northern lights appearing in the sky as far south as Iowa. (Video courtesy: Becky Gardner/Live Storms Media)

An incredibly bright and rare aurora was seen in Iowa Thursday night and into Friday morning for several hours before the sunrise.

The northern lights weren't forecast to be seen that far south. The Space Weather Prediction Center upgraded the event to a level G2, which is a moderate Geomagnetic Storm. A Geomagnetic Storm happens when Earth's magnetic field is disturbed, often related to solar winds or other solar events, and they can create the aurora borealis, the northern lights, if the disturbance is strong enough.

Video was taken in Center Point, Iowa early Friday morning.

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