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

Depending on how far north (and west) you are

By Diane Rommel

 
Not a Drill: You Can Actually See the Northern Lights in the U.S. Tonight
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07 September 2017

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. 

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