Northern lights to dip into America’s heartland this weekend

The aurora borealis could be seen as far south as Iowa

Stunning aurora borealis from space

(Gray News) – If the skies are clear where you live, Mother Nature’s putting on a light show Friday night and early Saturday.

The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a G1 and G2 geomagnetic storm alert. That means North America is in for a celestial show.

The aurora borealis should be visible across the northern tier of states, dipping as far as south as Iowa in the middle of the country and Washington and Maine on the coasts.

Canada’s Northern Lights Centre says the northern lights are “the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere.”

The changes in color are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding with the particles from the sun caused by a solar storm.

Pale green and pink are the most common colors. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue and violet have been seen, too.

Weather permitting, the aurora borealis could be visible as far as south as Iowa in the middle of the country. (Source: Keith Vanderlinde, National Science Foundation)
Weather permitting, the aurora borealis could be visible as far as south as Iowa in the middle of the country. (Source: Keith Vanderlinde, National Science Foundation) (Source: Keith Vanderlinde, National Science Foundation)

If the conditions are right, it can be beautiful.

The best viewing times are expected to be early Saturday, but the light show will start on Friday after sunset. Viewing conditions will depend on the weather in your area.

To see the northern lights, you’ll need a good view of the northern horizon.

Also, the darker the better.

You’ll see better if you get away from the city. That way light pollution won’t overshadow the subtle flickers.

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