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How to Observe the Northern Lights This Weekend

How to Observe the Northern Lights This Weekend

Science|How to Observe the Northern Lights This Weekend

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The Space Weather Prediction Center said solar activity would be high again on Saturday.

Northern lights hung over the Lofoten Islands in Norway in March.Credit…Olivier Morin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Keep an eye on the skies on Saturday night for what could be another dazzling display of nature — or not, depending on your location and weather conditions.

An unusual amount of solar flare activity means that the aurora borealis, or the northern lights, could continue to appear over the weekend.

The solar storm was a level 5 on Friday, which gave some star gazers a clear view of streaks of green, purple and red that arced across the skies. Those conditions are expected to continue, the Space Weather Prediction Center said on social media on Saturday.

“Overnight, aurora were visible across much of the United States,” the center said. “Weather permitting, they may be visible again tonight.”

If you’re in a place with a lot of bright lights — like a city — it’s going to be hard to see anything. And then there are other complications, like the weather.


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