Northern lights visible Wednesday night in northern America, Canada

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 20th, 2019 12:05 pm

Last Updated Nov 21st, 2019 at 9:48 am

The northern lights may be visible in areas of the northern United States and across Canada on Wednesday night.

Due to an explosion of energy predicted to hit Earth on Wednesday night, auroral activity will be high, according to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center.

Peak times to view the northern lights are from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. EST. They are best viewed with a clear sky and low light pollution.

"Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sept-Iles, and visible low on the horizon from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and Halifax," the institute said on its website.

The aurora borealis is created by electrically charged particles from the sun hitting the Earth's atmosphere. The collision creates energy, which generates the light generally associated with the aurora borealis.


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