Northern Lights might be visible from the Quad Cities tonight

Northern Lights might be visible from the Quad Cities tonight

Northern Lights might be visible from the Quad Cities tonight

The best chance for seeing the lights will be from 10 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday CT.

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The sunspot has released a stream of particles through a coronal mass ejection. Mostly clear weather conditions, along with a strong geomagnetic storm, should make way for excellent viewing conditions of the spectacle.

Across the upper midwest, people could soon see the Auroa Borealis - which is more commonly known as the Northern Lights. These electrons will travel along the magnetic field toward the poles and will collide with the oxygen and nitrogen atoms in the atmosphere. That means we could be seeing a "Northern Lights" display which could be similar to the above image of the Aurora last September up at Sugarloaf, ME. The lights can be puffy waves, or the whole sky can light up in a colorful symphony.

If the number forecast is greater or equal to the number on the map for our location, we may see an aurora.

Pitts says the aurora borealis looks like a colorful shimmering curtain of light, appearing in the northern sky, normally between 50 and 70 degres latitude. This one is expected to be a G2 level and possibly even a G3 level at times Sunday night.

There are several factors that will contribute to whether or not you'll be able to see them.

However, most of New England is likely to contend with some cloud cover.

Experts recommend to get far away from city lights or other light pollution and give your eyes 30 minutes or so to adjust to the darkness.

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