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How to See the Northern Lights Over the U.S. Tonight


While the Northern Lights are a fairly common sight in Alaska, those in the other states aren't nearly as lucky. But tonight, those of us in the northernmost states may get to see the spectacular light show. The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a G1 geomagnetic storm alert for the night of January 23 "due to the influence of a positive polarity coronal hole high-speed stream."

That's a lot of science, but essentially, the Northern Lights are making their way a little further south than usual. The bad news? The SWPC is running in essential-only mode due to the government shutdown, so they haven't provided us with any information on where the lights will be visible.  

However, a similar G1 storm took place last year and that was visible in parts of Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Maine. And for Canadians, it was visible from pretty much anywhere.