Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued, Northeast Could Be In For Northern Lights Show

Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued, Northeast Could Be In For Northern Lights Show

Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued, Northeast Could Be In For Northern Lights Show

We will be updating you over the weekend as the storm gets closer, or you can check out NOAA's website.

Folks in cities such as Seattle and Spokane all have a fair chance of seeing the aurora.

Also known as the northern lights, the aurora is caused by electrons colliding with the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere.

The last time Canada had an especially vibrant display of the northern lights was at the end of May.

While Northern New England will have the best shot, Doody said the best thing residents in the Boston area can do is find the least-blocked view of the northern sky - but the further north you can get, the better. Minor radio impacts Asia/Pacific.

A CME, or coronal mass ejection, is an explosion of solar flares that affect the planets due to the sun. When those particles interact with Earth's magnetic field and atmospheric gases, they form the red and green colors of the aurora, according to USA Today.

The lights are visible in both the far northern and southern parts of the world.

In fact, a "Geomagnetic Storm Watch" has been issued for July 16-17.

A kP 7 usually is needed to push the viewing opportunities south as far as the Pennsylvania-New York state line.

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