When And Where Northern Lights May Be Seen Across Delaware Valley Sky Thursday Night – CBS Kitchener
kitchener (CBS / CNN) – A spectacular display of the Northern Lights is available as far as Pennsylvania and Oregon this week starting Wednesday. There is a small chance that the Northern Lights will be visible in the Kitchener area. The best observation opportunity is on Thursday evening.
The best chance to see the spectacle in our area is north and west of the city, especially in Poconos.
The best chance of seeing the aurora borealis is by sheltering from darkness and away from light pollution.
The sun has just released the equivalent of a massive sun burp, sending highly charged coronal matter through the solar system. Some of the solar energy will reach our atmosphere Wednesday evening and Thursday and motivate the stargazers to look at the night sky in anticipation of the colorful, shimmering northern lights.
Aurora Alert! A geomagnetic storm clock is in place. The Northern Lights sightings are possible in the Delaware Valley tomorrow night! Possibly visible near the horizon as far as SC. @CBSKitchener pic.twitter.com/Tg3w5ja4Us
– Lauren Casey (@ LaurenCBS3) December 9, 2020
After a break of several months, the sun has awakened into a new period of solar activity. An impressive solar flare and coronal mass ejection (CME) on December 7th hurled plasma and magnetic field at the earth.
If your favorite radio station is crackling a few feet from static or your GPS is a few feet away, it’s not just another byproduct of a crazy year. The incoming solar weather can actually lead to communication disruptions such as GPS position errors and disruptions in our power grid. NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center says the potential for high storm levels “exists if the magnetic field transmitted by the CME is well connected to the Earth’s magnetosphere”.
A pleasant effect of the incident solar activity will of course be a dazzling display of the aurora borealis. Due to the strength of the storm, the Northern Lights may be visible to many who normally cannot see them. NOAA’s geomagnetic storm index, which indicates the strength of solar activity, predicts a Kp index of 7 (out of 9), which corresponds to aurora activity as far as Chicago, Detroit, Boston and Seattle.
The incoming solar particles and magnetic fields released by the sun during a CME force the release of particles that are already trapped in the earth’s atmosphere. This triggers reactions that force light photons activated by oxygen and nitrogen molecules in the upper atmosphere.
So there is a lot of buzz about the potential #SolarStorm that is coming our way. The SWPC released a G3 Geomagnetic Storm Watch on Thursday December 10th. The yellow line on the map shows that the southernmost potential for the #NorthernLights can be observed
– NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) December 9, 2020
The most common aurora colors are a bright green, but if we’re a little lucky the atmosphere can offer a range of colors from red to pink or blue to purple. Although the forecasted peak of the northern lights is three hours from Wednesday at 10 p.m., some activities are possible until December 10th.
Remember, this is not the only breathtaking heavenly event happening this month. Mark your calendars for December 21st, when Jupiter and Saturn have been best visible since the Middle Ages. This great alignment of the planets, known as conjunction, coincides with the winter solstice and will not be seen again until 2080.
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