Solar Storm May Spark Northern Lights Over BC This Weekend

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, those particles are on their way to Earth following a coronal mass ejection.

It's looking a little less likely to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights late tonight.

Scientists call this explosion a "coronal mass ejection (CME) and it is headed for our planet!"

As this energy hits Earth, Northern Lights can flare. And again between 2 a.m. Monday morning, eastern time, and 5 a.m. Monday morning, eastern time. This one is expected to be a G2 level and possibly even a G3 level at times Sunday night.

Space Weather Prediction Centre The Space Weather Prediction Centre says a moderate geomagnetic storm will make auroras visible in North America between July 16 and 17, 2017. "You'll see a whitish glow it'll nearly look like clouds, and if it's dark enough and they're strong enough you'll start to see some of that green and red color", said Rapson.

Starting Sunday Night and lasting till Monday Night, a geomagnetic storm watch has been issued! The aurora will be very active throughout the night, so if the clouds do give way at some point, look for faint flashes of green on the northern edge of the horizon.

Check out NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center for more information online or follow them on Twitter. But overall, Canada is in a good position to see them. We don't get many chances to see the lights in Rhode Island, mostly due to our position on the Earth and the amount of light pollution in our sky (from city lights).

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