We might see the northern lights this weekend

Pauline Gross
July 15, 2017

This explosion produced what scientists call a "coronal mass ejection (CME)" and it is headed straight for our planet. Now before you start groaning about more lousy summer weather, this one just might be really awesome and happen with clear skies.

For the Boston area, the Kp index has to be greater than 6 for those in the area to have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

However, it's a forecast and the geomagnetic storm could be stronger or weaker when it impacts Earth.

The aurora borealis - the "Northern Lights" - is a region of charged gases in the ionosphere, a region around 50 miles above the earth's surface.

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Peak viewing time will be from around midnight to 3 a.m., but aurora can potentially be seen through most of the overnight hours.

He said breaks in the clouds may allow a view of the lights, which are usually not visible in southern New England. My personal favorite sources are from the University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute.as well as soft serve news. I will definitely be tweeting updates Sunday night if things start looking promising.

What we are hoping is for the ovation maps which show the aurora to have that green line running through the area Sunday night.

Residents of New England may be able to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights on Sunday night, though Bostonians might have some clouds deal with, according to the National Weather Service. Keep in mind to find a dark area.

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