The Northern Lights can be seen tonight in the USA

Nov 9, 2018

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The Northern Lights can be seen tonight in the USA

Nov 9, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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According to the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), there’s a minor geomagnetic storm going on today and tomorrow (9th and 10th) that will cause the Aurora Borealis to appear over the USA’s northern states including Montana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, north Dakota and the northern tip of Maine as well as Canada and Alaska.

Interesting Engineering reports that it’s expected to start pretty soon, too. They’re scheduled to appear on Friday the 9th from 4-7pm EST and then again from 10pm until 1am tomorrow morning.

But you’ll need to find somewhere with very dark skies well away from civilisation and, of course, no cloud cover, or you’re not going to see a thing. Get yourself well away from light pollution.

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It might be a little short notice for some of you to get out to see them, especially when seeing them is only a “maybe” that depends on light pollution and weather conditions.

But if you are able to get out and find the Northern Lights this evening, then do so. It’s a wonderful sight to see!

There’s a 30-minute aurora visibility forecast on the SWPC website.

[via SWPC / Interesting Engineering ]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “The Northern Lights can be seen tonight in the USA”

  1. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    From North Michigan – absolutely …

  2. Daniel Fernandez Avatar
    Daniel Fernandez

    Current NOAA forecasting and data says ‘not likely to maybe.’ There is a watch in effect, but it doesn’t mean the solar storm will actually hit us. If it does, yeah people will see lights. If not, nope.

    https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-30-minute-forecast

  3. North Polar Avatar
    North Polar

    NOAA is only saying 20-30% of the storm hitting as of their latest forecast. KP3-4 max, so outside of Alaska, Canada, Iceland, etc odds of seeing anything are low. Of course I slept through the show up here in Alaska last night and it’s supposed to snow tonight… :(