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Northern Lights To Be Visible This Weekend

Northern Lights To Be Visible This Weekend

The best time to catch the spectacle will be Sunday evening when the lights are likely to reach as far as southern Minnesota - although the farther north you go, the better the view.

The light show, forecast for Saturday and Sunday, is a result of geomagnetic storm activity, NOAA says.

The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere, according to the Northern Lights Center. Great Falls notably sits at a magnetic latitude of 54.9.

But will you really be able to see the Northern Lights from the Hoosier State?

However, space weather forecasts are notoriously hard, so you'll definitely want to check for updates before you grab your camera and head out Saturday night.

The green is a pretty literal representation of the aurora. People in the white areas should be able to see it too
Northern lights could be visible in Milwaukee this weekend

Northern Lights visual from Mount Washington Observatory.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a "G2 Moderate Watch" for September 1.

Thomas also notes: "Experienced Northern Lights hunters are familiar with disappointment". These geomagnetic storm conditions are forecast in response to influences associated with a coronal hole high speed stream.

The Geophysical Institute notes that your best shot at seeing the aurora borealis is visiting Alaska, Canada, and Scandinavia in the winter.

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