(CBS / WBNG) – Star gazers in cities as far afield as New York and Chicago can catch a rare glimpse of the Northern Lights this weekend due to an unusual geomagnetic storm.
The Weather Forecast Center Has Triggered a Geomagnetic Storm On Wednesday, after discovering a small solar flare, watch a high-energy shock fired by a sunspot followed by a coronal mass ejection (CME).
When the CME hits Earth, all those particles that collide with Earth's magnetic field could do so Increase the range and intensity of the Aurora, also known as Northern and Southern lights.
Therefore, Northern Lightsare normally seen only in places such as Alaska, Norway, or Western Europe. Iceland will be seen from lower latitudes, including New York, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Washington State.
The sky must be clear to see the breathtaking spectacle. Experts recommend that you be as far away as possible from cities or urban areas, as pollution can obstruct your view.
Scientists are not sure when the CME reaches Earth. Updates can be found in the NOAA Space Weather Center.