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How cool is this? My friend Joanna brought it to my attention that the Northern Lights may be visible in New York tomorrow!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm alert for Saturday.
The range and intensity of the northern lights, which are typically only visible in areas of high latitudes (like the North Pole), have increased this week because the sun set off an explosion.
The only catch is that we'll have to move further from the city and light pollution if we're even going to have a shot to view. Also, conditions will have to be clear.
Some tips from Newsweek:
Because the northern lights occur above the clouds, check the weather forecast in your area before going out. And head as far from the light pollution of cities as you can. Visibility can partly come down to chance—it’s easier to see the aurora during a new moon, as the shine of a full moon can render the aurora invisible.
The Canadian Space Agency also recommends watching the aurora closely, as it can move and dance rapidly without warning. And cast your gaze in all directions, not just the Northern Hemisphere, to enjoy the full effect.