How to see the northern lights
Many variables need to be aligned in order for the Aurora to appear. Nothing can guarantee that the lights will come on on any particular nightbut the alarm means the stars are aligning in your favor. At the time of writing, the SWPC’s 3-day forecast predicts at least one G1 warning, which will be issued on September 28 from 2 to 5 a.m. EST, on September 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., and on September 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Clock runs the night of September 29th. In addition, there is a G2 warning from 11 p.m. on September 28 to 2 a.m. on September 29.
The northern lights are only visible when it’s dark, so these earlier hours aren’t very useful for aurora hunters. However, if the forecast is correct, there is a chance that the ad will be displayed for a period late in the night of September 27, all of the night of September 28, and possibly very early on the night of September 29.
For the best view, you need to stay away from light pollution, which is probably more difficult than most people think. You are unlikely to see the aurora in a city, let alone a large urban hub like Detroit or Chicago. The further you are from the city lights, the better your chances are.
A SWPC representative previously told Thrillist, “You need a very clear sky, a good view of the northern horizon (no trees, buildings, or hills), and it needs to be dark.”
The keys to getting the incredible ad off your bucket list is persistence and patience. Once you are in the location of your choice, you need to be patient and keep an eye on the sky. Just because it’s not there doesn’t mean it won’t be soon. If you see it, it doesn’t mean it will be around all night. It’s a bit like whale watching that way.
The Northern Lights are visible from time to time in the northern United States, but it’s easy to take for granted. It’s been a long time since US citizens had such a chance. Go out and enjoy the incredible sight if you are lucky enough to find it.