Aurora borealis chasers, rejoice. The world’s most amazing natural light show might just be visible over the northern U.S. and Canada this weekend.
Due to a G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm, the northern lights may appear over the U.S. this Friday, November 9, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)
Star- and sky-gazers would able to view the natural phenomenon in Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and the very northern tip of Maine.
According to the SWPC’s 3-day forecast, the alert is in effect from 4 to 7 p.m. EST on November 9 and then again from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. the same night. You are unlikely to spot anything during the first span, however, as you need very clear and dark skies to see the lights — so 10 p.m to 1 a.m. would be your best bet.
Also make sure you have unobstructed view of the northern horizon, and that you are as far away as possible from any light pollution.
But it’ll be worth the effort. This year will be the last chance to see the northern lights for a decade. According to NASA, the sun is almost about to enter the Solar Minimum phase, a period in the solar cycle where the sun enters a dormant phase and energy ejected from the solar surface is at an all-time low. This means the northern lights will be dimmer and occur less frequently over the next decade.
Would rather see the northern lights from the comfort of your own warm couch? Check out live sky cams from Finland or the Canadian Space Agency’s live aurora cam from Yellowknife in the Canadian Yukon.
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