A minor solar storm will produce a series of auroras across Canada and the northern United States this Wednesday night, according to meteorologists at Accuweather.
Auroras have been active since earlier this week, during the first part of a solar storm caused by a coronal hole in the sun facing the Earth. The hole is a dense area of there sun where its magnetic field is more exposed, allowing for a release of charge particles into space.
Tonight's Northern Light show has just started. Looking forward to a green night. Nikon D850 with Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8. #Nikon #astrophotography #NorthernLights #Aurora #norrsken pic.twitter.com/upJQd8JNG0— Göran Strand (@Astrofotografen) April 10, 2018
As those particles reach Earth, they are pulled toward the poles where they produce stunning light displays as they collide with the atmosphere. The auroras will continue to glow well into Wednesday night, but may start to fade soon after.
While tonight's light show is not expected to be a major one, meteorologists still say that it "should still be visible across much of Canada" where skies are dark and clear. For folks in the United States, the auroras should appear over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the northern plains, and possibly a little more south as well in areas like upstate New York, Iowa and Washington.
This might be the last good opportunity to see auroras before summer hits, because the shorter summer nights mean that there will be less time for stargazers to view the light displays.
To optimize your chances of seeing the lights tonight, make sure to check out this list of the best locations across Canada to view the Northern Lights.