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Last Sunday night, Alaskans from all across the state stepped outside to watch a magical aurora borealis show. In parts of the state, the green ribbons began emerging out of the darkness as early as about 8 p.m., and many people were able to see the purple and red lights — which indicate the highest possible level of aurora activity. Alaska-based climatologist Brian Brettschneider shared a satellite image on Twitter that showed nearly the entire state was lit up at around 2 a.m. Monday.

In Cordova, locals chased the lights all around town.

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