Geostorm To Give Northern US, Canada Probability To See Aurora Borealis

Geomagnetic storm could make Northern Lights visible in Michigan this weekend

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 agency said that an "asymmetric halo CME was observed", and it appears to be partially directed at the Earth.

Canada's Northern Lights Centre says the northern lights are "the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere".

Chicago, Detroit and parts of states just south of those cities could potentially see the aurora borealis on the horizon, CNN reported.

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.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist said the flare is too weak and any light show would be limited to Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Norway and other far northern spots.

Lash said the event is unusual but not rare.

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In the United Kingdom, you could see the northern lights if you live in the Scottish Highlands, Dundee or Aberdeen.

Pale green and pink are the most common colors.

You can see the northern lights from the naked eye, provided that there the sky is clear and free of light pollution.

"Aurora borealis", the lights of the northern hemisphere, means "dawn of 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.

The remote region on the edge of the Arctic Circle is one of the best places in the world to spot the colorful phenomenon.

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