Northern Lights could extend into Michigan Saturday night

Northern Lights could extend into Michigan Saturday night

The agency said that an "asymmetric halo CME was observed", and it appears to be partially directed at the Earth.

Other parts of the United States, including Chicago and Detroit, might not be able to watch northern lights in its full glory since they will only be seeing the horizon.

If seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list, scrap that trip to the Arctic. The aurora is likely to extend through the state of MI and Wisconsin into northern IL.

"An asymmetric halo CME was observed in SOHO/LASCO coronagraph imagery and initial analysis of the CME in both LASCO and STEREO-A coronagraph imagery shows an Earth-directed component is likely", the NOAA added.

A giant cloud of charged particles from the solar corona - the layer of gas surrounding the sun, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), is expected to hit Earth on Saturday, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Aurora named Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement aka STEVE. That's because it is happening during the quiet four-year solar minimum.

Northern Lights could extend into Michigan Saturday night

Get away from the city so the light pollution won't overshadow the subtle flickers.

While this may cause some minor blackouts in some high-frequency radio signals and navigation signals, it may also give some people a chance to see the northern lights.

Pale green and pink are the most common colors.

Scientists aren't sure exactly what time the CME will reach Earth, but the best time to view the northern lights will be after 10 p.m., with the highest chance between midnight and 3 a.m.

Skies in Glasgow and Edinburgh are forecast to be cloudy on Saturday night, but there could be breaks long enough to reveal the lights.

Skies will have to be clear to see the stunning spectacle.

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