After a solar flare impacted the Earth's astrosphere this weekend, tonight might be the best night to see the Northern Lights in New York.

While the solar flare hit the astrosphere later than expected, tonight should be the best night to see the Northern Lights.


 This weekend could be the best time all month to see Aurora Borealis here in New York State.

 

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?


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According to meteorologists the best chance to see the Northern Lights is to be far from artificial lights from towns and cities. Looking over bodies of water like Lake Ontario and Lake Erie is helpful since there isn't much light on the water.

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