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For the Next Two Nights, the Northern Lights Will Be Visible Over the US

United States News Astronomy
by Eben Diskin Jun 26, 2018

If the northern lights are on your bucket list, you won’t have to go to Iceland or the Arctic to see them. Not for the next two days, anyway. On Tuesday and Wednesday night, parts of the US will be able to view the northern lights. The Space Weather Prediction Center says we should expect a G1 geomagnetic storm to arrive over the earth on June 26 and June 27, which means the northern lights will be visible at high latitudes throughout the US.

The best chance to see the lights is the night of June 26, between 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM EST. Everything from the pale green light northward on the map below shows the best areas for you to spot the Aurora Borealis. That includes the northern portions of Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin, as well as British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and most of Ontario and Quebec in Canada.

For the best views, make sure you get away from the light pollution in major city centers. Find a vantage point with a clear sky and no trees, buildings, or hills. While you might not be able to see the dramatic, beautiful ribbons found at more northern viewpoints (such as Alaska, Iceland, and Finland) you can still get some pretty spectacular views, and check an item off your bucket list.

H/T: Thrillist

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