Northern Lights could be visible tonight in Western Washington

Northern Lights could be visible tonight in Western Washington

Is ‘seeing the Northern Lights’ an item sitting unchecked on your bucket list?

You have a good chance of crossing it off tonight. A recent geomagnetic storm should bring us a fair shot at a middle-of-the-night viewing of the Aurora Borealis.

The event is courtesy of a solar flare, which erupted out of a sunspot late Thursday into early Friday. The flare blasted out X-rays, which caused a minor radio blackout over parts of Asia, the Weather Network reported.

The flare also released a wave of charged particles, known as a coronal mass ejection, which take a couple of days to reach Earth.

With skies mainly clear, we should be able to see the flashes of green, pink, and purple, especially after midnight and away from city lights pollution.

The lights are visible in both the far northern and southern parts of the world. The southern lights are known as aurora australis.

NOAA has issued a geomagnetic storm watch for the event and expects a “moderate” storm, a 2 out of 5 on its severity scale.

If you get any great photos of this exciting phenomenon that you’d like to share, be sure to send them to us on social media or email them to us at austin_wright19@yahoo.com

 

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