Geomagnetic storm could make Northern Lights visible in MI this weekend

Geomagnetic storm could make Northern Lights visible in MI this weekend

Forecasters have said that the Northern Lights might be visible from the United Kingdom this weekend (23 March), thanks to a solar storm on its way to Earth.

The aurora is likely to extend through the state of MI and Wisconsin into northern IL.

Most commonly spotted over Iceland, the glowing effect of the Northern Lights is the result of disturbances in Earth's magnetosphere.

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

The Southern Hemisphere has its own version, known as the southern lights or the aurora australis.

The Northern Lights may be visible from southeast Wisconsin starting Saturday night. Sometimes the sky is quiet, then suddenly lights up with color.

According to the Canadian Space Agency, "Auroral ovals are usually centered around the Earth's magnetic poles but can expand during periods of intense solar activity".

Skywatchers in parts of the United States, including NY, may be able to see the northern lights this weekend.

You don't need any fancy equipment to see the glorious display.

The sky "has got to be mostly dark" to increase your odds of seeing the northern lights, O'Hara said.

Those at higher latitudes are more likely to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis said the Met Office, particularly those in Scotland. "This will pair with completely clear skies", wrote meteorologist Joe Charlevoix on Twitter.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sections of the country stretching from NY to Washington may see an aurora borealis starting on Saturday.

A spokesperson for the Met Office told i that the more north the area of Scotland someone is in, the higher their chance is of seeing the Northern lights.

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