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How You Can Spot the Northern Lights in the Sky Across the U.S. Tonight

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Have you ever dreamt of witnessing the breathtaking aurora borealis (northern lights) or the aurora australis (southern lights)? Tonight could be your lucky night!

A geomagnetic storm warning issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center has ignited anticipation for an auroral display across parts of the US, UK, and even Australia.

When and Where to Look

While predicting the exact location of the auroras is tricky due to rapidly changing conditions, scientists anticipate the celestial light show to peak tonight, March 25th, into the early hours of March 26th.

Generally, the best viewing window falls between 11 pm and midnight.

Maximizing Your Chances

  • Escape the City Lights: Professor Don Pollacco of the University of Warwick emphasizes the importance of darkness for optimal viewing. Seek out a location far from city lights and look towards the northern horizon (in the Northern Hemisphere) or the southern horizon (in the Southern Hemisphere).
  • Patience is Key: As Pollacco notes, the exact timing of the auroras is unpredictable. Be prepared for a late night of aurora-hunting!
  • Location, Location, Location: The further north (in the Northern Hemisphere) or south (in the Southern Hemisphere) you are, the higher your odds of witnessing the spectacle.

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