Chances increase for Northern Lights across MI tonight

Posted July 17, 2017

The Northern Lights are a mystical light show - and more often than not one that's visible only in the far northern or southern reaches of the planet.

A geomagnetic storm from the sun is expected to make the Northern Lights visible for Washington, Idaho and Montana, according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center.

Meteorologists predict the peak viewing times will be between 11:00 p.m. Sunday and 2:00 a.m. Monday morning.

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If you get away from the city lights, you should be able to see them late Sunday night into Monday morning. When these charged particles hit the Earth's atmosphere, the Aurora Borealis can form.

If the number forecast is greater or equal to the number on the map for our location, we may see an aurora.

When this mass arrives on Sunday, it will likely spark geomagnetic storms and brilliant auroras for the high latitudes.

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"The better viewing area is going to be over northern New England, like New Hampshire, northern Vermont, Maine, that whole area", Doody said.

Look north on the horizon. So yes, it does take some strategic planning to see them, but it also takes a good dose of luck.

When you are outside looking for the lights, let your eyes adjust to the darkness. Right now, those in Alaska and Scandinavia have to wait until late August before the night is dark enough to see the gorgeous lights.

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