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Northern US may see Aurora borealis tonight

Northern US may see Aurora borealis tonight

Keep an eye on the sky. If you live in the far north of the United States on Wednesday night, you could see the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis.

Aurora borealis

Aurora borealis

Recent eruptions on the sun’s surface have flung coronal mass ejections—clouds of charged particles—into the solar system, according to AccuWeather.

According to AccuWeather’s Brian Lada, “these clouds of particles are anticipated to collide with Earth’s magnetic field on Wednesday night into Thursday, causing beautiful aurora displays.”

An aurora is typically seen as a curtain of rippling green, red, or purple light.

Geomagnetic storms like these, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, may also affect infrastructure in near-Earth orbit and on the ground, potentially interfering with radio and satellite operations, the electrical grid, communications, and navigation.

Lada, on the other hand, claimed that such disruptions from this event were implausible.

a geomagnetic storm warning was issued

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a G3 (strong) geomagnetic storm watch till Thursday. NOAA’s five-level geomagnetic storm scale rates this storm at level three. (G1 storms are classified as minor, whereas G5 storms are classified as severe.)

Storms can bring the aurora further south than it would ordinarily be over the Arctic zone. According to NOAA, auroras from this storm might be visible as far south as Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Oregon if the weather cooperates.

Auroras could be seen directly overhead in cities like Minneapolis and Milwaukee, as well as on the northern horizon in places like Lincoln, Nebraska, Indianapolis, and Annapolis, Maryland, according to Earthsky.org.

Australia has the ability to observe the Southern Lights.

Australia is one among the world’s southernmost countries where the southern lights, also known as the aurora australis, may be seen.

According to AccuWeather, another show of the northern lights is possible Thursday night, though it won’t be as far south as it was Wednesday night.

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Northern US may see Aurora borealis tonight
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