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Southern Manitoba in for spectacular northern lights Wednesday night

​Manitobans are in for another night of spectacular aurora borealis after much of southern Manitoba saw rich displays on Monday and Tuesday.

Even Winnipeg to see bright northern lights due to small crack in earth’s magnetic field

Manitobans are in for another night of spectacular aurora borealis after much of southern Manitoba saw rich displays on Monday and Tuesday.

The northern lights have been visible in rich shades of blue, pink and green even in Winnipeg, despite the city's persistent light pollution.

"The northern lights activity has just taken a huge spike. It's been very, very bright," said Scott Young with the Manitoba Planetarium.

Young said that's because there's a small crack in the earth's magnetic field right now.

"Basically, it means a lot of energy from the sun leaps into the atmosphere and makes it glow in the dark, and it just pumps up the brightness," said Young. "We have just perfect conditions."

Wednesday night should be the best this week to see the lights after sunset.

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