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Northern Lights may light Northwest skies Sunday night

Northern Lights may light Northwest skies Sunday night

If you've always wanted to see the Northern Lights, they'll be a little bit closer to California this weekend.

Folks in cities such as Seattle and Spokane all have a fair chance of seeing the aurora.

The last time Canada had an especially vibrant display of the northern lights was at the end of May.

According to WMUR meteorologist Kevin Skarupa, the skies could be clear enough Sunday night into Monday morning for Granite Staters to get a good view.

The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are the result of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun and gaseous particles in Earth's atmosphere.




Earlier on Friday a huge sunspot erupted on the surface of our sun, and an enormous solar flare - which is an explosion - ejected from the area.

A CME is a burst of magnetized plasma that interacts with the earth's magnetic field to produce geomagnetic storms and an enhanced aurora around the north and south poles.

Sunday night, the aurora borealis should be visible nearly as far south as the yellow line on this map.

NOAA has issued a geomagnetic storm watch for the event and expects a "moderate" storm, a 2 out of 5 on its severity scale.


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