According to University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute: “From Seattle to Maine” there may be an opportunity for people to witness the northern lights on Halloween weekend.

Depending on the weather and factors like light pollution, millions of Americans as far south as Pennsylvania could see the aurora borealis, or northern lights, as early as Saturday night. 

The Geophysical Institute shows northern parts of states including New York, Maine, North Dakota, Michigan and Wisconsin and all of New England could see a glimpse of the lights.

If weather allows, “highly active auroral displays” will be seen from be visible overhead in Portland, Oregon and New York City, according to the Geophysical Institute. 

According to the institute, there may also be areas farther south that could see low clouds, Those areas include Carson City, Nevada; Oklahoma City and Raleigh.

The phenomenon comes due to a “strong” geomagnetic storm was created by a significant solar flare and coronal mass ejection from the sun on Thursday, Oct. 28. According to NOAA, the lights can be seen from October 30 to Oct 31 because of this storm. 

The strongest part of the storm and the best time to see the Northern Lights is expected to arrive between 5 and 8 p.m. The NOAA predicts that ET will arrive on October 30. 

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Nearby residents Seattle They are expected to enjoy an optimal view of the light sources, and also in Montana In Milwaukee, The National Weather Service forecasted a “possible ghostly green glow” as early as 5 p.m. 

NOAA recommends that you get away from light pollution and cities to maximize your chances of seeing the lights. You can track the weather forecast using NOAA’s 30-minute prediction.

The light pollution map or dark site finder can help you find the best sky in your area.

The aurora borealis, commonly known as the “northern lights” in the Northern Hemisphere, is created when charged particles from the sun interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere. 

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