Geostorm offers a rare chance to see aurora borealis in the northern United States


Geostorm offers a rare chance to see aurora borealis in the northern United States Getty Images

(CNN) – Many Americans and Canadians are likely to see the northern lights on Friday night and early Saturday morning.

A solar flare that erupted on March 20 is expected to hit Earth Friday night, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to issue a G2 or moderate sleep alert.

The torch will bend around Earth's natural magnetic field and sneak into the poles at both ends of the planet, which will overpower the northern lights and push it deeper.

But do not worry, everything should be fine, except for a limited power outage of some high frequency radio signals and some navigation signals.

The good news is that the solar flare will give many Americans and Canadians a great chance to see the Northern Lights.

According to the aurora forecasts of the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the aurora borealis could be visible over Canada, as well as in parts of Minnesota, the North Dakota, Montana, Michigan, Maine, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Chicago, Detroit and parts of the states just south of these cities could potentially see the Aurora Borealis on the horizon.

But to see the dawn, the institute points out that it needs a "clear and dark sky". Urban dwellers and residents of areas heavily polluted by light are less likely to see the phenomenon.

The almost full moon of Friday is not going to help sky watchers either; a bright moon can also make the northern lights more difficult to see.

The Institute of Geophysics at UAF recommends looking for aurora borealis around three or four o'clock around midnight.


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