Spectacular Display Of Aurora Borealis Lights On Again This Wednesday

Spectacular Display Of Aurora Borealis Lights On Again This Wednesday
Aurora Madeleine Deaton / Flickr CC BY 2.0
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A solar storm forecast to hit the earth is set to give viewers a kaleidoscopic treat on Wednesday.


Reuters, citing the Space Weather Prediction Center, reports the Northern Lights could be visible across most of Canada and in the U.S. northern tier states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan and northern Maine.

The Weather Network says even low Illinois and Oregon may have the chance to see the Aurora Borealis. Best viewing times are between 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m EDT (6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. CST).

Wednesday’s anticipated spectacular all-natural night light’s show will be the second this week. This occurred as a major explosion on the sun happened on Sunday. The activity thrusted toward Earth a coronal mass ejection at about 4 million miles per hour. Along the way, according to Slate.com, it “swept up two smaller, slower coronal mass ejections from last week, creating one big smorgasbord of geomagnetic exuberance.” The debris reached Earth on Monday where it made its first manifestation through a show of brilliant auroras.

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Scientists have yet to say just exactly how far the second batch of auroras display will be visible on Wednesday. But meteorologists say they could be up there all week.

The coronal mass ejection will reach Earth with electromagnetic radiation starting Wednesday at about 10 p.m. PDT and until Thursday, according to SpaceWeather.com.

Parallel to Mother Nature’s kaleidoscopic treat, authorities are bracing for possible fluctuations to the power electrical grid. NOAA space weather physicist Doug Biesecker said Monday’s first wave gave off fluctuations but were manageable. Similar fluctuations are expected on Wednesday.

To monitor the storm’s activity and determine if the lights will be visible from your home, check the storm’s G-scale rating or the Planetary K-Index on the Space Weather Prediction Center website.

Meantime, enjoy some of the incredible photos from Monday’s light show uploaded to social media: