Skywatchers in the United States may soon be able to catch a rare celestial sight: The Space Weather Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced geomagnetic storm watches from Sunday, Sept. 27 through Tuesday, Sept. 29, which means the northern lights could be visible from certain areas of the country tonight.
Where the Northern Lights May Be Visible
If you live in the northern areas in the U.S., you have the best chance of catching the northern lights, depending on the weather and other factors. States and regions where the northern lights may be visible include Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, New England, and the Pacific Northwest, according to AccuWeather. However, wind may bring smoke from the California wildfires to Washington, making the night sky harder to see.
How to Watch the Northern Lights Tonight
Along with clear skies, you have a better chance of catching the northern lights if you are at a higher altitude, according to NOAA. And as with most celestial sights, the darker the night sky, the better. So if you live in the regions where the northern lights could be visible, try to find a spot away from light pollution. Once you find a good area with unobstructed views of the sky, look toward the northern horizon.
Can't catch the northern lights in person? You can stream the atmospheric phenomenon from home thanks to Explore.org and Polar Bears's live cam, which is located at the Churchill Northern Studies Center in Manitoba, Canada.
You Might Also Like