Published: Сб, Марта 23, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Northern Lights Visible In Pittsburgh This Weekend? Not Likely

Northern Lights Visible In Pittsburgh This Weekend? Not Likely

Aurora alert! Residents in northern US and in Canada might be able to see the northern lights or aurora borealis this Friday night to Saturday.

Things got more active with the sun this week as it produced a solar flare and coronal mass ejection that will affect parts of earth this weekend. Some experts say late Friday night into early Saturday morning might be the best window of opportunity, and some say Saturday night could be good.

Most commonly spotted over Iceland, the glowing effect of the Northern Lights is the result of disturbances in Earth's magnetosphere.

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They are also known as aurora borealis and they are best seen in the north of Norway but we may get a chance to see them in Ireland this weekend.

When charged particles enter the Earth's atmosphere, they react, chemically, with the nitrogen, oxygen and other gases that surround the Earth.

What are my chances of actually seeing the Northern Lights?

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The Northeast could be in for a treat Saturday night with a rare appearance of the northern lights, according to NOAA. The lights will be visible along and north of the state border between IN and MI. Experts recommend getting as far away from cities or urban areas as possible as pollution can hinder your view. With this particular geomagnetic storm expected to be "Moderate" in strength, the likelihood of any significant and potentially harmful impacts is low.

Skies need to be clear in order for sky watchers to be wowed by the spectacle.

Those at higher latitudes are more likely to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis said the Met Office, particularly those in Scotland.

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