Northern Lights possibly visible this week in Michigan and Illinois

Northern Lights possibly visible this week in Michigan and Illinois



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Skywatchers in some northern parts of the U.S. are set to enjoy the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, this week.

Caused by a geomagnetic storm that is the result of a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), or solar flare, the Northern Lights could be visible across a number of northerly states including Michigan, Illinois, and other parts of the northern United States.

The Northern Lights occur when solar wind hits Earth’s magnetic field.

“When the charged particles from the sun strike atoms and molecules in Earth’s atmosphere, they excite those atoms, causing them to light up,” explains EarthSky.

 “Geomagnetic Storm Watches are in effect from December 9th – 11th, 2020 due to anticipated CME effects,” said NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center in a statement. The solar flare occurred on Dec. 7, it added.



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