Mother Nature lights up the skies in her own way this 4th of July weekend

Northern Lights appear over Anacortes early on the morning of July 6, 2013. (Photo: Eddie Murdock)

First the fireworks on Thursday night, then some natural sky lighting early Saturday morning.

A solar flare triggered another display of the Northern Lights that was visible around the Puget Sound region. Eddie Murdock was out at 1 a.m. snapping dozens of photographs as the lights came on display over Anacortes and turned them into a nice time lapse video. (See above) says a massive sunspot is now facing Earth and while the sunspot has been relatively quiet, it has potential to trigger some major solar flares over the next week so perhaps this display was just the appetizer.

We'll be sure to keep you posted!