Credit: Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin of the Mount Desert Islander shot this video of the aurora borealis last night at Acadia National Park.

“For a handful of visitors atop Cadillac Mountain, the tallest point within 50 miles of the ocean from Maine to Rio De Janeiro, the Northern Lights appeared as a series of pale patches of light and streaks above Bar Harbor and Frenchman’s Bay,” he wrote.

The lights are caused by fast-moving electrons from the sun, which collide with and excite gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. When the particles calm back down, they give off light.

Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...