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You may be able to see the Northern Lights in the northern United States and Canada this Wednesday

You may be able to see the Northern Lights in the northern United States and Canada this Wednesday

Thanks to a minor geomagnetic storm, the aurora borealis may be visible in parts of the northern United States and across Canada on Wednesday night.

Thanks to a very rare geomagnetic storm, people in the northern parts of the United States and Canada will be able to see the Northern Lights. 

More properly called aurora borealis, this rare opportunity was announced by the NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. An explosion of solar activity is said to hit the earth this Wednesday night. While the activity is mostly harmless, it will allow the Northern Lights to be observed much further away than is typical. 

"Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sept-Iles, and visible low on the horizon from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and Halifax," the institute says on its website.

 

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Auroral activity will be high Wednesday night, according to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Geophysical Institute. The peak times to view the northern lights will be from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET, and across other North American timezones as well. Be sure you're in a place without a lot of light pollution and you'll be able to see this amazing wonder.  For more science stuff, watch this video below. 

 



 

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