Solar Storm Will Create Northern Lights Over U.S. and Canada Today

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The northern lights are a bucket-list item for most travelers. The gorgeous spectacle is said to be breathtaking, and it’s a spiritual experience for many lucky enough to see them in person. Because the multicolored lights of Aurora Borealis are typically confined to parts of Alaska, actually getting the opportunity to see them is somewhat rare for residents outside the region. That is, until recently.

Once in a blue moon, the lights extend their reach to other parts of the world due to shifts in space weather. The effects of those shifts can create rare opportunities to enjoy the haunting beauty of the northern lights from the comfort of your own backyard — if you live in the right spot.

Will you be lucky enough to benefit from the geomagnetic storm that’s sharing Aurora Borealis with the south? If you’re living in the U.S and Canada, keep your eyes peeled…

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The phenomenon, also known as Aurora Borealis, is actually created by bursting sunspots that push solar wind through our solar system.

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The collision creates what looks like a magical display of dancing purple and green lights across the sky.

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But the extraordinary event can typically only be seen in certain parts of Alaska, which can be a trek for travelers outside the often inclement region.

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They have made a very rare appearance in the U.S. and Canada in the past, and it was a truly special moment.

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According to The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), unusual space weather is driving the light show from its usual Alaskan venue.

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The resultant G1 geomagnetic storm is behind tonight’s Aurora Borealis shift.

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Those select U.S. and Canada locales only had a view of the lights for a mere few hours.

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But it seems that the U.S. and Canada are in for another treat today

An explosion of solar energy hit part of Earth Wednesday night (last night), which sparked aurora borealis activity in parts of Canada and the United States.

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And it is expected to last around 24 hours, with peak times being recorded at 10 pm – 1 am ET.

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This stunning display was created by space particles from a minor geomagnetic storm, which enters our planet’s ozone layer and illuminates the night sky.

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According to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, “Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays were visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sept-Iles in Canada.”

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It was also reported that there was low visibility on the horizon from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston and Halifax across the U.S.

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Be sure to keep your eyes peeled if you’re in any of the affected areas!

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