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The best place to see the northern lights on Sunday evening: US times and where to observe the aurora borealis

a important geomagnetic storm is currently affecting the United States, which will produce one of the great wonders of the sky: the Northern Lights. However, experts consider this likely to be the case a slightly less impressive second time after Friday’s spectacular show.

Stargazers can get the best viewing conditions in the northern US, especially in Minneapolis and Fargo, North Dakota according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center. Green Bay, Wisconsinis also seen as a promising spot for aurora viewing, although the potential presence of clouds and rain on Sunday evening could impact the viewing experience.

To see them the sky must be there dark and free of clouds. The optimal viewing times are generally between 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM local time.

How are the lamps produced?

The Northern Lights, also known as northern Lightscreated when highly charged particles from the sun are funneled through the Earth’s magnetic field and enter the atmosphere at high speed. As these particles interact with the upper atmosphere at altitudes of 60 to more than 400 kilometers, they ionize the atmosphere, resulting in a colorful display of light in the sky.

The lights can appear in different colors, including vibrant green and purple. The Northern Lights do most commonly seen in the polar regions with the best display anywhere a magnetic latitude above 55º and little light pollution. You can find your magnetic latitude at NOAA or World Data Center for Geomagnetism.

How do I know when the Northern Lights will appear?

There is no 100% guarantee of spotting the Northern Lights, just hope you are in the right place at the right time. There are forecasts available where the Kp Index is generally considered the most accurate. The forecast matches the planetary magnetic index on a scale of one to nine, with one being very low activity and nine being very high.

The University of Alaska Geophysical Institute has a website, which allows you to view forecast activity in all aurora areas. You can also register for it Email alerts for Northern Lights forecasts which tell you when activity rises above four to five on the Kp scale.