Northern Lights: Aurora Borealis To Grace Night Skies In Over A Dozen US States

If seeing the Northern Lights is on your list of must-see natural wonders, you may soon have the opportunity to witness this impressive phenomenon. On July 13, the Northern Lights, commonly known as the Northern Lights, could appear in more than 17 U.S. states.

The fascinating display of lights is usually caused by solar winds that emanate from the sun and interact with the Earth’s magnetic field, as explained by the Space Weather Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

According to NOAA, the aurora occurs when electrons from space flow along Earth’s magnetic field lines and collide with atoms and molecules in the upper atmosphere. This collision generates a luminous glow similar to the way electrons in a neon light interact with gases to produce various colors.

The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has forecast high auroral activity for next Thursday, with vibrant light displays expected in parts of Canada and the United States.

Where can you see the northern lights?

If the weather is clear, the Northern Lights may be visible in the northern regions of 17 states.

Aurora borealis will adorn the night skies

“Auroral activity will be high (+). Weather permitting, highly active auroras will be visible from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Vancouver, Helena, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Bay City, Toronto, Montpelier and Charlottetown, and visible low on the horizon from Salem, Boise, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Indianapolis and Annapolis”, according to the forecast of the Fairbanks Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska.

Here is the full list:



North Dakota

South Dakota







New Hampshire







When can you see the lightning of the aurora?

Aurora borealis will adorn the night skies

To optimize your chances of seeing this celestial spectacle, the best time to look for the Northern Lights is between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. local time, reports the Space Weather Prediction Center. It is recommended to escape the glare of city lights to improve your visibility.

The brightness of the aurora is influenced by geomagnetic activity, and greater activity results in more vibrant displays. As the date approaches, NOAA will monitor activity and provide its forecast.

The last significant northern lights event in the United States occurred in late April, when a geomagnetic storm allowed lights to be observed in 30 states. In particular, parts of Iowa, North Dakota and Kansas enjoyed the stunning aurora.

If witnessing the magical dance of the Northern Lights has always been a dream of yours, keep an eye on the weather forecast and prepare for a potentially breathtaking experience in the night sky.

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