Published: Пн, Марта 25, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Northern Lights could extend into Michigan Saturday night

Northern Lights could extend into Michigan Saturday night

The Northern Lights, if visible, will be in the northern sky and are best viewed away from light on the ground.

They are usually concentrated around the Earth's magnetic poles.

With clear skies forecast and a "coronal mass ejection" set to arrive Saturday, an aurora could be visible as far south as Chicago, according to prediction center estimates.

It followed a solar flare on Wednesday.

It's not unheard of for Hoosiers to see the Northern Lights in IN, but it is relatively rare. Even the most generous forecast suggests that Maryland might just see a glow on the horizon, and that is probably only possible in rural areas with pitch-black skies.

They can spread further south when the concentration of particles is higher, for instance following a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) of plasma from the sun.

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Also known as the aurora borealis, the Northern Lights are typically visible in the far northern United States, in Canada, Alaska and other places well north of the Garden State.

The National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center has a "moderate geomagnetic storm watch" in effect for March 23 and says the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, could be visible as far south as southern IL and Indiana. The strength of a geomagnetic storm is measured on something called the Kp index.

What are my chances of actually seeing the Northern Lights?

Met Office Space tweeted that the Auroras could be visible anywhere above Cumbria if weather conditions are favourable.

But it could be good news for residents of Syracuse, New York, where clear skies are forecasted for Saturday night. If there's a break in the clouds though, keep an eye out for that opportunity.

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