Northern Lights may be visible from the Heartland Sunday night

17 July, 2017, 20:47 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Aurora borealis around 11 p.m. at Chocorua Lake

Thanks to a geomagnetic storm from the sun, skywatchers across most of Canada and the northern USA should get a special treat Sunday night into Monday morning: A visit from the aurora borealis, aka the Northern Lights.

Across the upper midwest, people could soon see the Auroa Borealis - which is more commonly known as the Northern Lights.

A strong solar storm happened last week, and that energy will make it possible to see the Northern Lights tonight.

Sunday morning, the National Weather Service tweeted that the best time for aurora watching would be around 2 a.m. Monday, providing the weather remains clear.

Coronal mass ejections are defined by the SWPC as "huge explosions of magnetic field and plasma from the sun's corona".

It's all due to a giant sunspot that is larger than earth.


The farther north in latitude you are, the better the chance of seeing the northern lights.

According to MLive Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa, how far south auroras can be seen is linked to a kP value.

The Weather Network, which has a map showing viewing areas, reports that the event was caused by a solar flare that exploded on the sun Thursday night. Well, head outside as soon as darkness falls and look north. But overall, Canada is in a good position to see them.

That's why the northern lights center recommends viewing the lights from higher altitudes in smaller communities.

When you are outside looking for the lights, let your eyes adjust to the darkness.

Space weather forecasters say the northern lights may be visible as low as southern Vermont and New Hampshire.

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