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Northern Lights May Be Visible in the US This Week — Here Are the Details

Gaone Pule
Dec 12, 2020
11:40 P.M.
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Some exciting news, the world-famous galaxy lights may crossover in America sometime soon. The Space Weather Prediction Center shared the news in a recent weather forecast.


According to the forecast, the Northern Lights may be visible in the U.S. this coming week. The aurora is a pointer of the current electrical storm situation, and it supplies environmental awareness for many technologies.

The site shows a temporary forecast of the location and the magnitude of the aurora, the colorful location of the aurora is shown as a green oval which is on the center of the Earth's magnetic pole. According to the SWPC, the green ovals turn red when the aurora is forecasted to be stronger.

A pastel-coloured aurora over the Rocket Range Road and Northern Studies Center in Churchill, Manitoba, March, 18, 2020. A single shot with the Sony a7III and Venus Optics 15mm lens | Photo by: Getty Images

A pastel-coloured aurora over the Rocket Range Road and Northern Studies Center in Churchill, Manitoba, March, 18, 2020. A single shot with the Sony a7III and Venus Optics 15mm lens | Photo by: Getty Images


The phenomenon can be frequently observed anywhere on Earth from just after sunset or before sunrise. However, it is not visible during the day.

The aurora is most beautiful at night and is worth the travel to arctic regions for most people. Visiting the places is the only opportunity to be able to experience the space weather.

Globe showing America | Photo: Getty Images

Globe showing America | Photo: Getty Images


According to Travel and Leisure, the best places in the world to get a glimpse of the northern lights in Finland, Iceland, and Sweden. However, because of the pandemic, the mentioned places are not accessible for international travel; hence it's a great chance for Americans to witness it at home.

The aurora borealis could be visible across a much larger swath of the northern U.S. than usual this week. The remarkable lights may be spotted from the Pacific Northwest to New England, including as far south as northern Illinois and Pennsylvania.


The brief storm of a G3 storm watch (a strong watch level) could mean that the northern lights will be seen quite far south in the country's continental. Watches supplied by the SWPC are mainly a measure of the solar activity hitting Earth's atmosphere.

The solar radiation frequently results in beautiful polar lights which can be seen at both Earth's poles. According to Thrillist, when a strong burst from the solar energy arrives, they can make the northern lights visible in areas where it does much in frequency, more like the U.S.


The Northern Lights are known for glowing in green and red colors. According to the US today, the colorful event is because of the solar flare which erupted out of a sunspot on Monday.

A coronal mass ejection, which is plasma from the sun, also headed towards the Earth. The aurora forms when particles flowing from the sun get caught up in the Earth's magnetic field.

The particles then interact with molecules of atmospheric gases to cause the famous glowing colors. Northern lights can be seen in both the far north and south hemispheres.

The bright, beautiful lights are known as the aurora australis. This year has been overwhelming, but who knew that the aurora would visit the USA in December? What a way to crossover to the new year.

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