Michigan could see the northern lights Tuesday and Wednesday nights | Top Vip News


Most of Michigan will be on the list to see the Northern Lights Tuesday night, and possibly even Wednesday night.

The aurora forecast from Space Weather Prediction Center shows the possibility of auroral visibility Tuesday night as far south as Kalamazoo, east toward Port Huron. The further north you are, the more likely you are to see the lights.

The chances are smaller and further north for Wednesday night, so Tuesday night will be the best chance. You can see the forecast below for Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Aurora forecast for Tuesday night. (NOAA)
Aurora forecast for Wednesday night. (NOAA)

Tips for seeing the Northern Lights:

  • Look north! The aurora will likely be on the horizon, but higher in the sky the farther north you are.

  • Dim the lights: Find an area with less light pollution for the best chances.

Take a photo of the lights? Post it on Local 4’s MIPics here and we’ll show it on TV.

A geomagnetic storm is a major disturbance of the Earth’s magnetosphere that occurs when there is a very efficient exchange of energy from the solar wind to the space environment surrounding the Earth. These storms result from variations in the solar wind that produce important changes in currents, plasmas and fields in Earth’s magnetosphere.

Solar wind conditions that are effective in creating geomagnetic storms are sustained periods (over several or many hours) of high-speed solar wind and, most importantly, a southward-directed (opposite to the direction of the sun) solar wind magnetic field. Earth’s field) on the day side. of the magnetosphere. This condition is effective in transferring energy from the solar wind to the Earth’s magnetosphere.

What are the northern lights?

The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun entering Earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres.

They are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora Australis’ in the south. Auroras appear in many colors, although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue and violet have been reported.

Lights appear in many forms, from scattered patches or clouds of light to streamers, arches, billowing curtains, or shooting rays that illuminate the sky with an eerie glow.

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