'Severe' Solar Storm Will Bring the Northern Lights to 14 States Tonight

Stargazers have had a lot to look forward to this year. In addition to the recent lunar eclipse, a remarkable comet was seen, and millions are anticipated to see the entire solar eclipse.  

The Northern Lights may appear in up to 14 states tonight due to a "severe" solar storm. Find out how to see them.  

Tonight, parts of the U.S. may see the Northern Lights. Some individuals go far to witness the aurora borealis. Tonight, the Northern Lights may illuminate regions of the U.S.  

After spotting a huge coronal mass ejection (CME) the day before, the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Centre (SWPC) issued a "severe" geomagnetic storm advisory on March 24, USA Today writes.   

Today is ideal for observing the aurora on Earth. Large CMEs like the weekend one are common. NASA says they occur when massive plasma spurts depart the sun, sometimes during a solar flare.  

The eruptions, which experts describe as looking like gigantic strands of twisted rope, can disrupt radio equipment, communications networks, and electrical grids, but it was unlikely to affect daily life.  

"The public should not anticipate adverse impacts, and no action is necessary, but they should stay properly informed of storm progression by visiting our webpage," the SWPC advised Fox Weather on March 24.  

Tonight's viewing region includes almost a dozen states. Geomagnetic storms are hard to track and anticipate due to changing conditions. But the SWPC prediction says 14 states could see the Northern Lights tonight.  

Alaska and several northern lower 48 locales have a lesser aurora view line than usual. Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Upstate New York, northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire, and Maine are also visible.  

When camping to see the Northern Lights, remember these tips. Even with perfect orbital circumstances, local weather might affect Northern Lights viewing. Seeing them for yourself may be easier with a few tips.  

SWPC recommends watching the Northern Lights distant from bright cities and towns with light pollution, as with any stargazing experience. Getting an elevated spot with a clear view of the northern horizon can also help.