Skyshow alert: Northern Lights may be visible Sunday

Of course, your view of the aurora (also known as "northern lights") is weather permitting; some parts of MI may experience cloudy skies tonight that would interrupt the light show.

Northern lights tend to peak around midnight. A Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, shot out from the sun toward earth late last week. The skyshow will be visible across most of Canada and the northern U.S. into the early hours of Monday.

These auroras generally occur over the far northern latitudes from the Arctic down across Canada and sometimes into the northern part of the United States.

From sunset on Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday, the aurora will extend further south than usual, reaching as far as southern Iowa.

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center reported that the coronal mass ejection arrived earlier than expected. Try to get as far away from city lights as possible to be able to see the lights better! Mostly clear weather conditions, along with a strong geomagnetic storm, should make way for excellent viewing conditions of the spectacle.

Starting Sunday Night and lasting till Monday Night, a geomagnetic storm watch has been issued!

Northern Lights lovers all across Michigan: Keep your fingers crossed and raise your eyes to the skies tonight. That includes northern NY state, much of New England, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.

Vanessa Coleman

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