Northern Lights may be visible from southeast Wisconsin this weekend

Jo Lloyd
March 23, 2019

Unfortunately, that March supermoon that everyone was buzzing about two days ago will still be almost full Friday night and Saturday night, making it a bit tougher to see the northern lights.

They are known as "Aurora borealis" in the north and "Aurora Australis" in the south.

Thanks to a solar flare on the surface of the sun this week, a geomagnetic storm could be visible in the skies over parts of MI this weekend.

This 19 August, 2004 NASA Solar and Heliospheric Administration (SOHO) image shows a solar flare (R) erupting from giant sunspot 649.

The sun constantly sends a stream of solar particles and energy toward the Earth in the form of solar wind.

If you want to make the most out of the event, it is suggested you travel as far away from the city as you can to limit light pollution's effect on your view.

The cloud cover, this weekend, shouldn't be an issue either. André says that based on our current forecast, the skies should be clearer Saturday night which is looking like our best chance to see them.

When charged particles enter the Earth's atmosphere, they react, chemically, with the nitrogen, oxygen and other gases that surround the Earth.

Met Éireann‏ are predicting dry and clear weather on Friday evening with dry and bright conditions on Saturday that move into frost in the evening.

As CNET notes, one of the most powerful solar storms in history occurred in 1859, and which caused an aurora that could be seen around the world and caused telegraph wires to light aflame. "This will pair with completely clear skies", wrote meteorologist Joe Charlevoix on Twitter.

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