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The northern lights could light up the sky from midnight Sunday through Monday's early hours in parts of the northern U.S. and Canada, scientists with the National Weather Service reported on Twitter.
— NWS (@NWS) July 14, 2017
Because of a large solar flare that lasted for two hours, NWS reports, lucky stargazers from Washington and parts of northern Oregon to New England may have the rare chance to glimpse the otherworldly light show.
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Charged particles from the solar flare, known as a coronal mass ejection, ionized in the Earth's atmosphere. The result is that the northern lights will likely appear in the sky much further south than usual, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center, which is tracking the forecast.
From NWS Twitter:
Charged particles (coronal mass ejection) from the solar flare will reach the earth Sun. Auroras possible Sun night New England-Great Lakes pic.twitter.com/Nq03C2gFN8
— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) July 14, 2017
If you find yourself in the northern U.S. or Canada around midnight tonight, look up. If the sky isn't too cloudy, you could be in for a show.