Solar storm could make Northern Lights visible in Cleveland area this weekend


A burst of energy recently expelled from the surface of the sun is expected to create a geomagnetic storm this weekend, potentially making the aurora borealis visible across the northern tier of the United States.

The National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center has a "moderate geomagnetic storm watch" in effect for March 23 and says the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, could be visible as far south as southern IL and Indiana.

"Certainly over Donegal as the horizon looks over the ocean where are there no facing lights, but it's been seen all over the country before, even as far down as Cork".

It is thought that clouds could be a potential hurdle in catching a glimpse of it (Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)What are the Northern lights? So, back to the Northern Lights.

As this massive cloud of charged particles interacts with the earth's magnetic field, the intensity and range of the aurora will likely increase.

Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine, David Moore, said that there is a "good chance" that the lights will be visible over Ireland.

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Some experts describe the phenomenon as "bright dancing lights" in the sky.

Pale green and pink are the most common colors. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported.

Since there are still some questions over exactly when the geomagnetic storm will arrive in our atmosphere, it's tough to pin down the best viewing times for the Northern Lights.

Best shot Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Get away from the city so the light pollution won't overshadow the subtle flickers.