The Northern Lights Will Be Visible In The United States

I always figured I would have to go somewhere deep in Norway to see the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights.

And that bothered me because I don't exactly have the best history with Norway.

But, it turns out, all I really have to do is wait for the exact right time and move to, like, Ohio.

The northern lights are caused, basically, when the sun freaks out and sends particles into our atmosphere. And the sun is freaking out a lot right now.

A big solar storm is raging, sending lots of solar winds our way and making the aurora visible in many parts of the world that don't typically get to see this magnificent natural phenomenon.

The northern lights were seen as far south as Washington, DC, this week.

The aurora was seen in the northern United States and was projected to be seen as far south as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Although that was Tuesday night, there will still be some solar action in the sky Wednesday night. So look up if you're in Canada and the northern United States.

This is also going on across the pond over in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and Iceland. There are some really spectacular displays lighting up in freaking Norway. Ugh, Norway.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there is still an aurora watch in effect.

They project that the northern lights will be visible on Wednesday across the northern United States, Scotland, Scandinavia and Russia.

In the United States, the projection goes from Washington to Maine, dipping in the middle of the country to hit the Dakotas, Michigan and New York.

You can check here for live updates on where the aurora can be seen, you know, in case you don't want to be constantly looking outside your window.

But note that you need the right conditions, including a clear, dark sky.

So as for me in New York City, it's not looking too great. I blame Norway.


Citations: WUSA, Daily Mail, Washington Post, NOAA