Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Geomagnetic storm could make Northern Lights visible in MI this weekend

Geomagnetic storm could make Northern Lights visible in MI this weekend

The northern lights appear when the charged particles from the sun strike atoms and molecules in the Earth's atmosphere, exciting those atoms, causing them to light up, according to EarthSky.com.

What are my chances of actually seeing the Northern Lights?

But if the aurora does hit the Northern U.S., skies will have to be clear for people to see it. "When this happens, more southerly regions of Canada see the northern lights, typically on the horizon towards the north".

Skies in Glasgow and Edinburgh are forecast to be cloudy on Saturday night, but there could be breaks long enough to reveal the lights.

These disturbances are caused by a flow of particles from the Sun, and are usually concentrated around the Earth's magnetic poles, resulting in a mesmerising green glow in the sky. The good news for us is that a mostly clear sky is expected for the next couple of nights.

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NOAA, an American agency that monitors the atmosphere, said the Northern Lights could be visible as far south as MI and Wisconsin in the United States.

The Met Office's Space account tweeted: "CME forecast to arrive late 23rd March following C5 flare from sunspot AR2736".

You don't need any fancy equipment to see the glorious display.

"Certainly over Donegal as the horizon looks over the ocean where are there no facing lights, but it's been seen all over the country before, even as far down as Cork". Also - you'll want to head outside the city as far as possible, in order to get away from the light pollution.

The Space Weather Prediction Center offers an online tool allowing you to track aurora conditions.

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