Many Americans and Canadians have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights Friday night and early Saturday morning.
A solar flare erupting on March 20 is set in the ground on Friday night, causing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to issue a G2 watch or moderate geostorm clock.
The flare will bend around the Earth's natural magnetic field and sludge into the poles at both ends of the planet, which supercharges the northern lights and pushes it deeper. 19659002] But fear not, everything is expected to be fine except for a limited blackout of some high-frequency radio signals and navigation signals.
The good news is that sunlight will give many Americans and Canadians a great chance to see aurora borealis.
The Aurora forecast of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute says that the Northern Lights could be visible overhead over Canada as well as parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Michigan, Maine, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
Chicago, Detroit and parts of states just south of these cities could potentially see aurora borealis on the horizon.
But to see the Aurora Institute emphasize that there is a need for a "clear and dark sky". City dwellers and those in high-light areas have a lower chance of seeing the phenomenon.
Friday's almost full moon will also not help cloud gazers; a light moon can make the northern lights more difficult to see.
UAF's geophysical institute says to look for the Northern Lights about three or four hours around midnight.