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Is it light pillars or the aurora?

It is easy to confuse northern light from with other optical phenomena.

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FARGO — Recently there have been many different lights lighting up the night sky. Sometimes it's the aurora, but many times the aurora can be mistaken for something else - light pillars. Watch the video below to learn more about this winter phenomena.

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