Massive Solar Flare Could Illuminate Northern Lights In New York
Over the weekend a massive flare emitted from the sun that could end up illuminating the Northern Lights across parts of New York.
It looks like the flare happened on Saturday and it could impact the Earth's atmosphere on Tuesday which could end up allowing the Northern Lights to dip well south of its usual boundary.
It looks like the weather will cooperate as well with mostly clear skies expected across the state.
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WHAT IS THE AURORA BOREALIS?
The Northern Lights or Polar Lights happen when the light from the sun hits the magnetic fields of the Earth's atmosphere and produces a variety of colors.
WHEN CAN I SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?
Usually, the best time to see Aurora Borealis is between November and February but it is possible to see it outside those times. Usually, the best time to see the Northern Lights is 9 pm and 2 am.
CAN I SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS WITH THE NAKED EYE?
Yes, you can, but what you see won't look like the photos you see on the internet. Cameras use a form of long exposure and this allows for the capture of colors and details that are impossible for the human eye to detect.
According to meteorologists the best time to see the Northern Lights this weekend will be near Lake Ontario.