If you are in the northern part of the United States on Monday and Tuesday evenings, you may see the northern lights, also called aurora borealis. AccuWeather describes the aurora borealis as “living curtains of colored light that are sometimes visible in the night sky … caused by the solar wind in space.” The colorful sight can be seen in Michigan, Dakota, Minnesota, northern New England and the Pacific Northwest, reports NOAA.
If you miss the heavenly sight on Monday night, you can get a second chance on Tuesday night. The Space Weather Prediction Center has announced low-level geomagnetic storm watches through September 29.
“Aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, will be visible over Minnesota this week,” the Weather Channel tweeted on its Pattrn account. “It’s the result of a geomagnetic storm caused by the Sun’s new period of activity. The night sky – around midnight – near the Canadian border can be lit like this until Wednesday.”
The Seattle National Weather Service said clear skies are expected there, which should help see.
You do not need special equipment to see the Northern Lights – stargazers can simply go out and look to the north. Getting away from urban pollution can help. And AccuWeather meteorologist David Samuhel said that cameras can sometimes see what the naked eye cannot, so it is recommended to take a photo with a long exposure for 15 to 30 seconds with a DSLR camera.
The storm will start around 23:00 ET, but the best chance comes when the moon has set, around 03:30, reports ABC7 Chicago.
Some have already discovered the colorful phenomenon. The National Weather Service’s Twitter account for Glasgow, Montana, in the isolated northeastern part of the state, reported on Monday that “The Northern Lights were visible last night from Glasgow and should be back tonight. Clouds will be around tonight giving slightly more difficult viewing conditions “but there should be enough breaks to catch a show in the northern sky that starts late at night!”
And happy Norwegians also liked the spectacle. “The Northern Lights have now been dancing in Norway for 6 hours due to a geomagnetic storm!” Astronomer Matt Robinson wrote in a tweet sent Sunday night and shared a video of the Northern Lights. “Now we’re handing over the fun to the United States and Canada.”