I'm sure you've seen the breathtaking pictures of the northern lights flooding social media lately.

This past weekend, the Northern Lights were visible to most locations throughout North America, and judging by the incredible photos, it certainly put on quite the show.

4 Super Fun Facts About Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights put on quite the show when they do appear. Living in Big Sky Country (Montana), you have the opportunity to get one of the best shows in the United States. With darkness falling across most of the state, you will have the opportunity to see the brightest colors.

Here are four fun facts you may not know about the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

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Following the dazzling display of lights in the northern sky, conspiracy theories are also starting to flood the Internet.

While I generally don't believe in most conspiracy theories, I love learning about them.

Believe it or not, there's one out there that isn't that far-fetched.

Northern Lights Conspiracy Theory

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There have been a few conspiracy theories about the Northern Lights, but one that might actually have some substance involves the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program, otherwise known as HAARP.

The theory revolving around HAARP claims that this experimental facility, which is located in Alaska, was the cause of the greatest aurora borealis in 20 years.

What Is HAARP?

HAARP is a scientific facility that "studies" the ionosphere.

To do so, HAARP transmits high-powered frequencies into this layer of the atmosphere and studies how it reacts and behaves.

Over the years, HAARP has conducted a wide range of tests, including weather, manipulation, and communications.

HAARP Caused Northern Lights

Here's where things get interesting.

HAARP denies any claim that they were the cause of the recent northern light incident.

However, it would not be the first time that one of HAARP's studies caused something similar to the northern lights.

Don't believe me; check out the article from the University of Alaska Fairbanks here.

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