Northern Lights to appear; here's how to see them

Mar 24, 2019, 02:11
Northern Lights to appear; here's how to see them

What are the Northern Lights?

When the CME hits Earth, all those particles colliding with Earth's magnetic field could turn up the range and the intensity of the aurora, also known as the northern and southern lights.

The level of geomagnetic storms are measured on a scale called the KP-index, which goes from 0 to 9.

The weather for more northern areas looks better, with the Scottish Highlands, Dundee and Aberdeen predicted to have clearer skies.

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Clearing skies and a moderate geomagnetic storm means MI may have a look at the Northern Lights this weekend.

The latest Aurora Forecast from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks suggest the lights could be seen as far south as central IN, northern Kentucky and northern Virginia. However, a large solar flare on March 20 triggered a fairly intense geomagnetic storm that is expected to reach our planet this weekend, so some of the colorful lights may be seen in places that normally don't get a good view.

The electrons arriving to Earth today and tonight are the result of a "Coronal Mass Ejection" that occurred from a solar flare on the Sun that happened at 7:18 a.m. Wednesday.

At the same time, cloudy weather risks the light display not being visible in some parts.

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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.

Predicting exactly when the Northern Lights will dance across the sky is far from a flawless science.

It is unlikely, due to the moderate strength of the storm, that that line shifts far south enough for us to see this weekend.

Variable amounts of cloud will build through the day but should break up after dark so there should be good clearer spells developing.

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