Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

New Hampshire may see handsome northern lights show Sunday night

New Hampshire may see handsome northern lights show Sunday night

The Space Weather Prediction Center said Friday that the Northern Lights may be visible farther south than usual on the night of Sunday, July 16.

A coronal mass ejection is an unusually large release of plasma and magnetic field from the solar corona. The particles interact with molecules of atmospheric gases to cause the famed glowing red and green colors of the aurora.

NOAA has predicted a geomagnetic storm of G2 strength, which would be a storm of moderate strength.

If the storm is strong enough, Washington State could be in for a show, but KIRO 7 Pinpoint Meteorologist Morgan Palmer cautions we won't know for sure until late Sunday evening.

The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis occur when upper reaches of the Earth's atmosphere collide with electrons.

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The last time Canada saw the northern lights was near the end of May.

If the sky is clear enough and other factors are in place, there's a chance all of MI could get a view of the Northern Lights.

If the auroral forecast predicts a visible aurora, get away from light pollution in urban areas and away from any bright lights.

You need clear and very dark skies for the best possible viewing.

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