Northern lights forecast excites weather buffs, etc.

17 July, 2017, 18:50 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Northern lights forecast excites weather buffs, etc.

Meteorologists predict the peak viewing times will be between 11:00 p.m. Sunday and 2:00 a.m. Monday morning. The aurora happens when those particles get caught up in Earth's magnetic field, and causes the green colors you see.

This is all made possible by a huge sunspot which erupted on the surface of the sun last Thursday, throwing a very big cloud of solar particles into space. This explosion produced what scientists call a coronal mass ejection (CME).

We've had a number of chances to see the Northern Lights in recent years.


The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) are the result of electrons colliding with the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere, NOAA said.

The geomagnetic storm responsible for this event was ranked a G2, by the Space Weather Prediction Center. However, with scattered showers and storms forecasted, it will be hard it see. As well, your best chance at catching them is to get away from city lights. That includes northern NY state, much of New England, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.

Peak viewing time will be from around midnight to 3 a.m., but aurora can potentially be seen through most of the overnight hours. Long exposure cameras work the best if not able to be seen by the naked eye.

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