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How to See the Aurora Created Wednesday Night by a Solar Storm

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:21 am

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If you missed out on seeing the total solar eclipse and are jonesing for another view of eerie cosmic phenomena, the sun might have another show in store Wednesday night. A blast of solar particles has set a geomagnetic storm watch in place for Wednesday night into Thursday morning, meaning parts of the United States could get to see the ghostly, colorful lights of an aurora.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, has issued a “strong” advisory for the storm, though it’s not expected to pose much if any threat to the electrical grid. Instead, the big impact of the storm should be an aurora in parts of the United States.

According to the NOAA map below, anyone north of the yellow line has an excellent chance of seeing the aurora. According to most recent reports from NOAA, the aurora has the potential to be seen in parts of states from Washington and Wyoming to New York and Maine. That includes cities like Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Buffalo, not to mention pretty much all of Canada.

This is considerably farther south than auroras are typically visible, though the actual visibility will depend on several factors. A full moon could diminish some of its visual effects, and cloud cover can also dampen out the visible lights. To see if aurora will be visible from where you are, keep track using NOAA’s forecast, which automatically updates every 30 minutes.NOAA has a constantly updated forecast of where an aurora can be expected.

southern hemisphere as well. hope this turns out to be a great show.

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