Northern Lights Could Be Visible to Much of the United States Tonight

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The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is an amazing phenomenon that turns the night sky into a magical place full of beauty and wonder. There’s nothing like seeing the dazzling colors light up the sky, and many people travel specifically to see the Northern Lights.

Usually, the Northern Lights aren’t visible from the United States with the exception of Alaska. Traveling to a location further north, like Iceland, Canada or Norway at the right time of year would give you a good chance of seeing this beautiful nighttime show in the sky.

The Aurora Borealis is the result of electrically charged particles from the sun colliding with gaseous particles on Earth, and it is not limited to the north. The same phenomenon happens at the south pole, which is called the Southern Lights.

Although many people who live in Alaska have probably already seen the Northern Lights, many of us in the lower 48 states have not. If you happen to live in one of the northern states, such as Connecticut, Michigan or Washington State, you might be able to see the Northern Lights tonight from your hometown!

Watch the video below to learn more about why the Northern Lights might be visible in parts of the United States tonight.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland, Ohio shared a map that shows where the Northern Lights might be visible due to a solar storm.

Look at the map. If you live somewhere above that yellow line, you just might see the Northern Lights tonight. Between 10pm and 1am, find somewhere really dark, away from city lights, and look up in the sky facing north. If clouds don’t get in the way, you might be in for a treat.

Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? Do you live in a state where the Northern Lights might be visible tonight?