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Geostorm To Give Northern US, Canada Chance To See Aurora Borealis

24 March 2019

It is thought that clouds could be a potential hurdle in catching a glimpse of it (Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)What are the Northern lights? If the storm is significantly stronger than forecast, reaching the extreme end on a scale of geomagnetic intensity, it could be visible across Maryland, but that is not expected.

The weather for more northern areas looks better, with the Scottish Highlands, Dundee and Aberdeen predicted to have clearer skies.

A solar storm is on its way to Earth - and that could mean the Northern Lights will be visible in the skies above the north-east tonight.

The Northern Lights are created by disturbances in Earth's magnetosphere caused by a flow of particles from the Sun and are usually concentrated around the Earth's magnetic poles.

A geostorm on Friday may give people in the Northern United States and Canada a chance to witness the aurora borealis from where they are.

NOAA issued a geomagnetic storm watch for Saturday as a result of a solar flare that struck on Wednesday.

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In 2011, the Northern Lights were even spotted as far down south as Alabama.

Things got more active with the sun this week as it produced a solar flare and coronal mass ejection that will affect parts of earth this weekend.

While the weather could spoil the show, Bonnie did say much of Scotland will have a clear view of the natural spectacle.

Will the northern lights be visible in Pittsburgh this weekend?

In addition to finding dark skies away from the glare of city lights, observers will also need a little luck from Mother Nature, with clear skies needed.

Scotland is where the Aurora is most likely to be seen, since it is further north.

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Geostorm To Give Northern US, Canada Chance To See Aurora Borealis