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Aurora borealis could be visible in the Lower 48 this week

It promises to be quite a light show.

by: Trent Knoss

photo: Joshua Strang / Wikimedia Commons
photo: Joshua Strang / Wikimedia Commons

Night sky aficionados in the lower 48 may be in for a rare treat this week: the aurora borealis, or "Northern Lights," could reach much further south than usual into parts of Washington, Michigan, and perhaps even the Rockies.

As CNET reports, the multi-colored lights will get a big boost thanks to a massive solar flare that sent charged particles hurtling on a collision course with Earth's magnetic field.

So get those cameras ready, and better yet, get to a secluded outdoor location with minimal light pollution. Night hike, anyone?



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