Aurora alert! Residents in northern U.S. and in Canada might be able to see the northern lights or aurora borealis this Friday night to Saturday.
A solar flare erupted on March 20 and the blast was accompanied by a massive cloud of charged particles known as coronal mass ejection (CME) that’s set to collide with Earth, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to issue a G2 or moderate geostorm watch.
— Northern Lights Now (@NorthLightAlert) March 21, 2019
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)’s Geophysical Institute’s aurora forecast says the northern lights could be visible overhead across Canada, and parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Michigan, Maine, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
Chicago, Detroit and parts of states just south of those cities could potentially see the aurora borealis on the horizon, CNN reported.
Scientists aren’t sure exactly what time the CME will reach Earth, but the best time to view the northern lights will be after 10 p.m., with the highest chance between midnight and 3 a.m.
But of course, to be able to view the aurora, skies will have to be dark, clear and free of clouds, so if there’s rain in the forecast in your area, you might be out of luck.
If you want to make the most out of the event, experts recommend you travel far away from the city to limit the effect of light pollution on your aurora view.
Would rather see the northern lights from the comfort of your own warm couch? Check out the Canadian Space Agency’s live aurora cam from Yellowknife in the Canadian Yukon.
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