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Video and photos: Stunning aurora borealis lights up Duluth skies

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The northern lights dance Tuesday, March 17, 2015 over Boulder Lake north of Duluth, Minn.
Derek Montgomery for MPR News

Conditions were right the second night in a row for an incredible display of the northern lights at Boulder Lake, north of Duluth.

Photographer Derek Montgomery captured it in photos and a time-lapse video.

An intense but brief display lit up around 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening. At Boulder Lake, green lights rolled, rippled, blew up and collapsed.

Aurora borealis near Duluth
The northern lights dance Tuesday, March 17, 2015 over Boulder Lake north of Duluth, Minn.
Derek Montgomery for MPR News

The display danced across the northern sky for about 30 minutes before subsiding into a green glow for much of the rest of the night. 

For those interested in the photo geek details, Montgomery recorded 402 images at 24 frames per second (with a couple brief stops to check exposure) between 9:36 pm and 11:42 p.m. 

Social media and sky-watcher blogs are full of amazing shots, and it's not over yet. 

The lights are predicted to be spectacular Wednesday night, too.