Travel | September 7, 2017 9:00 am

Not a Drill: You Can Actually See the Northern Lights in the U.S. Tonight

Depending on how far north (and west) you are

Get to your closest window, friends in the very upper reaches of America — because you might get a rare late-summer chance to see the northern lights. The sun, giver of light, also tossed out “a huge cloud of superheated plasma known as a coronal mass ejection (CME)” earlier this week. That doesn’t mean much for us — except that it when it smashes into our atmosphere, geomagnetic storms are the result. And those storms, as it turns out, are ideal for brilliant aurora displays. 

To get a look at your odds, see this three-day forecast for aurora displays — and note how close to our northern border it gets. Fingers crossed for something great from the heavens — Minnesotans, this could be your lucky night.