If you miss it Monday night, you might get a second chance on Tuesday night. The Space Weather Prediction Center has announced low-level geomagnetic storm watches through September 29.
“The aurora borealis or northern lights will be visible over Minnesota this week,” the weather channel tweeted on its Pattrn account. “It’s the result of a geomagnetic storm caused by the sun’s new period of activity. The night sky – around midnight – near the Canadian border could glow like this until Wednesday.”
The National Weather Service’s Seattle office said clear skies are expected there, which should improve visibility.
You don’t need special equipment to see the Northern Lights – stargazers can just go outside and look north. It can help to move away from urban light pollution. And AccuWeather meteorologist David Samuhel said cameras can sometimes see what the naked eye can’t. Therefore, it is recommended that you take a long exposure photo with a DSLR camera for 15 to 30 seconds.
The storm was supposed to start around 11 p.m. ET, but the best chance is if the moon sets around 3:30 a.m., reports ABC7 Chicago.
Some have already discovered the colorful phenomenon. The National Weather Service Twitter account for Glasgow, Montana, in the isolated northeastern part of that state, reported on Monday: “The Northern Lights were visible from Glasgow last night and should be visible again tonight. The clouds are going down for a little tonight make viewing conditions more difficult, but there should be enough breaks to see a show in the northern sky starting tonight! “
And the lucky Norwegians enjoyed the spectacle too. “The Northern Lights have been dancing in Norway for 6 hours now because of a geomagnetic storm!” Astronomer Matt Robinson wrote in a tweet broadcast Sunday evening and shared a video of the Aurora. “Now we’re handing the fun over to the US and Canada.”