Published: Mon, March 25, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

The Northern Lights may be visible this weekend in IL, several states

The Northern Lights may be visible this weekend in IL, several states

The aurora forecast from the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute says the northern lights could be visible overhead across Canada, as well as parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Michigan, Maine, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

This means that the Northern Lights may extend down to the Great Lakes region late Friday and Saturday nights.

It's an astonishing sight and one David Moore, the editor of Astronomy Ireland, believes stargazers have a "good chance" of seeing over the Emerald Isle this weekend.

Gear up for possible Northern Lights this weekend, Michiganders.

The aurora is likely to extend through the state of MI and Wisconsin into northern IL.

The Northern Lights at Dunnet Head in Scotland
Sam Flice PA Wire The Northern Lights at Dunnet Head in Scotland

But some will pass down Earth's magnetic field lines at each pole and enter the atmosphere, where oxygen and nitrogen molecules give off light. Northern Lights are caused by the particles from the sun flowing constantly toward the Earth and a CME could put up a big show up there.

Some experts describe the phenomenon as "bright dancing lights" in the sky. Visibility can partly come down to chance-it's easier to see the aurora during a new moon, as the shine of a full moon can render the aurora invisible. Light pollution from bright city lights makes it hard to see the aurora.

The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a G2 geomagnetic storm alert.

But it could be spotted over Northern Ireland, especially around the north coast. We'd love to see what they look like where you live!

The forecast for Glasgow and Edinburgh doesn't bode well for those keen to see the lights, although cloud could break long enough to catch a glimpse.


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