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Geostorm may bring Northern Lights far south tonight

Many Americans and Canadians have a great chance to see the lights on Friday night and early Saturday morning.

A solar flare that erupted on March 20 is set to slam into Earth on Friday night, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to issue a G2 watch or moderate geostorm watch.

The flare wants to bend around the Earth's natural magnetic field, and slam into the poles at either end of the planet, which supercharges the northern lights and pushes deeper [

The great news is the solar flare wants to give many Americans and Canadians a great chance to view the world aurora borealis.

The aurora forecast from the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute says the northern lights could be seen overhead across Canada, as well as parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, Mo ntana, Michigan, Maine, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Chicago, Detroit and parts of states just south of those cities could potentially see the aurora borealis on the horizon.

But to see the aurora, the institute that is "clear and dark sky" are needed. City dwellers and those in high-light polluted areas have a chance of seeing the phenomenon.

Friday's almost-full moon will not help sky gazers either;

UAF's Geophysical Institute says to look at the northern lights for three or four hours around midnight.

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