If the sky stays clear tonight, parts of southern Ontario might be able to witness the Northern Lights. Yes, you read that correctly.
According to the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center, a strong geometric storm watch has been issued for September 6th and 7th, meaning there's a possibility that you could witness the beautiful array of natural colours in the night sky tonight.
The storm watch was issued following after the sun released a fast-moving stream of particles, called a coronal mass ejection earlier this week. According to the Space Centre, coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are massive explosions of magnetic field and plasma from the Sun’s corona. It's predicted that the particles from the explosion will arrive late on tonight.
According to the Space Centre, countries that sit favourably along high latitudes have a great chance of witnessing the beautiful spectacle. This means that southern Ontario, including Toronto, could see the Northern Lights depending on the sun's activity.
You can receive full updates on the Northern Lights and timing on the Space Weather Prediction Centre’s 30-Minute Forecast’ page. While the expected time varies between latitudes, the lights typically occur between 10 pm and 4 am local time.
When it comes to optimal viewing, head to a dark location and look north!