Northern Lights May Be Visible from New York on Thursday


Photo by James Sensor.

New Yorkers may have the rare pleasure of seeing the Northern Lights — a phenomenon usually seen at higher latitudes — on Thursday, though they’re probably not going to be visible from the city itself. Various upstate areas are more likely to see the aurora.

A massive geomagnetic solar storm is about to hit earth, and that makes it more likely that people who don’t traditionally see the Northern Lights will get a peek, according to the National Weather Service.

“The alerts have to do with the amount of solar activity predicted to hit Earth which then create the beautiful light displays,” according to Time Out. “Similar to your standard sip n’ paint, greater levels of energy mean more colorful and beautiful displays.”

At the very least, it’s worth peeking out the window. And then booking a trip to Lapland when the pandemic ends.

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    1. lmm says:

      around what time should we expect to see the northern light on thursday?

    2. Burt L Kozloff says:

      Apparently not:

      “Robert Rutledge, the lead of operations at the Space Weather Prediction Center, said the agency had high hopes for Thursday and Friday, but it downgraded its forecast because the chances turned out to be a ‘big miss.'”

    3. Liz George says:

      What I saw last night and at dawn, were the most beautiful “sparkles” of light – like prisms all over the sky.