Friday was cloudy with almost zero visibility in much of Maine. Saturday, I looked and looked and saw ZERO green, red, purple, or pink. It was merely a disappointing, yet beautiful starry-filled sky. Then meteorologists told us we'd have another chance Sunday, and again, clouds.

I'm talking about the Northern Lights, or as people far superior intellectually than myself say, the Aurora Borealis. I can't even pronounce that. What even are the Northern Lights? In layman's terms, the sun spits out solar wind that hurls to Earth's atmosphere.

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The "lights" you see are the interaction between the two (solar wind vs. our atmosphere). When you see red, there are more nitrogen molecules in the atmosphere. When you see green, there are more oxygen molecules? Get it? Me neither. Let's continue.

Some in Maine Were Able to Capture the Northern Lights

Look at that photo. THAT's experiencing the Northern Lights. Meteorologist Ryan Munn in Portland, ME captured that beautiful photo. So many were able to witness something similar per all the photos shared on the Q106.5 Facebook page.

Photos from Maine's Northern Lights that Our Listeners Shared with Us

When it comes to the Northern Lights in Maine, our listeners are talented photographers, and we thank them for sharing their images with those that missed this phenomenon.

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Most in Maine Were Blocked from Viewing the Northern Lights

What did I see?! Here's my photo from Friday night, and the conditions were very similar Sunday night.

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And on Saturday night, we had much clearer conditions but didn't see a single shade of ANY color other than that dark backdrop behind the stars.

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Could You Have Another Chance to See the Northern Lights in Maine?

Some experts are saying we have a fourth-night opportunity to see these dancing green and purple-ish lights, but I have severe doubts after already striking out three times in a row. So how often do we have chances like this in Maine?

In Maine, We Are Lucky to Have a Couple Chances a Year to See the Northern Lights

Good news! Turns out that living in Maine affords us the opportunity to see these elusive lights at least a couple of times a year. The best time for catching a glimpse is in the winter months of December through February. And if you're like me, you intend on taking advantage of living so close to Canada and Iceland and making a trip that will certainly involve experiencing this beautiful phenomenon. 

LOOK: 34 Northern Lights Photos That Are Better Than What You Saw On Social Media

Space.com describes the phenomenon as an event where "energize particles of the sun" collide with the upper atmosphere. The particles are redirected thanks to the Earth's magnetic field which then creates the colorful nighttime lights. Conditions on May 10-12 helped push the Northern Lights farther south.

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Stunning Northern Lights Dazzle Skies Across New York

The strongest Northern Lights display in 20 years didn't disappoint. At least not in the spots where skies were cloud-free. Check out some of the best shot from across the state and beyond.

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4 Super Fun Facts About Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights put on quite the show when they do appear. Living in the Gem 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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