Northern Lights May Be Visible From Washington to New York This Weekend

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People in the northern part of the United States may be in for quite a nighttime show this weekend.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sections of the country stretching from New York to Washington may see an aurora borealis starting on Saturday.

That’s because the sun released a massive solar flare on Wednesday that created a cloud of slower-moving charged particles — called a coronal mass ejection — that will hit the planet this weekend, CNET reported. When these charged particles hit Earth’s atmosphere, they cause electrons to move to a higher energy state, and when they move back to a lower state, they release light, which just so happens to create the beautiful spectacle we have come to know as the Northern and Southern Lights.

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