Aurora Borealis to Reach New York-Where Can You Watch


The best chance of seeing any signs of the Northern Lights is expected in dark areas along the Mason-Dixon Line.

This 19 August, 2004 NASA Solar and Heliospheric Administration (SOHO) image shows a solar flare (R) erupting from giant sunspot 649.

The blast caused a large cloud of charged particles - a coronal mass ejection - that will hit the Earth's magnetic field as part of the storm. And we see this as the brilliant northern lights.

However, the SWPC states that this weekend the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, may be seen "as low as NY to Wisconsin to Washington state". A Kp index of 4 and you're likely to be able to see it in dark skies (though in places like Toronto and Southern Ontario, it may be a bit more difficult). As a result, the northern lights will be supercharged and cause it to go deeper.

The NOAA predicts the phenomenon, also known as the aurora borealis, could illuminate the skies above Washington state, NY and Wisconsin over the weekend.

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You'll have the best chance of seeing the phenomenon Saturday after sunset from about midnight to 2 a.m., Murphy told the IndyStar.

"This will pair with completely clear skies", wrote meteorologist Joe Charlevoix on Twitter.

Since there are still some questions over exactly when the geomagnetic storm will arrive in our atmosphere, it's tough to pin down the best viewing times for the Northern Lights.

Those at higher latitudes are more likely to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis said the Met Office, particularly those in Scotland.