If geomagnetic storm strong enough, aurora borealis may show over Northwest

Katrina Barker
July 17, 2017

The aurora borealis should be visible nearly as far south as the yellow line on this map Sunday night.

A strong solar storm happened last week, and that energy will make it possible to see the Northern Lights tonight.

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

"Look to the north, around of after midnight, and try to get away from the glare of city lights" Zaffino advised.

The NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center is predicting a G2 geomagnetic storm, which is moderate strength.

A Thursday explosion on the sun hurled streams of charged particles into space.

The National Weather Service spotted the mass ejection on Friday and said it was expected to reach Earth either late Sunday night or early Monday.

Another Twitter user, "Isaac JC Diener", captured the northern lights a day earlier in Hancock, located next to Houghton in the Upper Peninsula.

It's all due to a giant sunspot that is larger than earth. However, with scattered showers and storms forecasted, it will be hard it see. The longer you stay outside the better. Higher elevations, like hilltops, will give you an even better view. Location, location, location! The farther north you are and the darker your surroundings, the more vibrant the aurora will appear.

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