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Aurora borealis may be visible tonight and at night

MADISON (WKOW) – If you look north tonight, you may be able to see the aurora borealis, also known as the aurora borealis.

Space Weather Forecast Center (SWPC) officials say a geomagnetic storm could make the lights visible for much of the northern United States, including here in Wisconsin.

According to the SWPC, the best viewing time will be from 7 pm Wednesday night to 3 am early Thursday. And even better, the sky will only be partially cloudy, which will better see them.

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Aurora borealis occurs when electrically charged particles collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere, creating a dazzling display of green light in the sky.

Be sure to get away from light pollution and get to rural areas with a very open horizon. Plan to allow your eyes to adjust to darkness for at least fifteen minutes before attempting to see the lights.

Tips for photographers: Use a tripod, set your exposure to long exposure, remove all filters, and set the focus to "infinity".

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