Northern Lights May Glow Over Northeast, Midwest This Week


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Did you get a chance to see the Northern Lights on display in the northern parts of our viewing area?

The northern lights will continue appearing across parts of the contiguous U.S. this week, Accuweather reports, stargazers may be able to see the rare northern lights dance across the night sky.

Viewers reported seeing the lights on Monday night and early Tuesday morning in Michigan and Iowa. The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Aurora Forecast predicts it will continue Tuesday in parts of Vermont, Nebraska, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming.

Tuesday night will bring another chance for people in Canada and the northern United States to see the northern lights as an influx of charges particles from the sun interacts with the earth’s atmosphere.You’ll have the best chance to see them in dark areas with low light pollution, far from cities and towns. Cloud cover may be an issue in some areas, particularly the Pacific Northwest. People from New Hampshire to Nebraska will have the best conditions for viewing the aurora, with mainly clear skies expected.


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The same can be said for a majority of Canada as clouds blanket large swaths of the sky. Southern Ontario will be the exception to this as skies remain relatively clear through Tuesday night. The first half of Tuesday night will be the best time to view the aurora before the aurora activity starts to decrease.

Being in a dark area with a clear view of the northern horizon is key to seeing the aurora. If you are trying to catch a glimpse of the aurora, you should travel to a spot that is far away from the light pollution given off by cities and towns.

“The gradual peak of the shower is now through Nov. 12, with a possible absolute peak on the night of Nov. 11,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuhel.