You’ll want to check out the sky before dozing off tonight.
That’s because the Aurora Borealis will be visible in areas further south than normal, thanks to a disturbance in the Earth’s geomagnetic field. That means cities across the country, from B.C. to the East Coast (and even as far south as Toronto) could be treated to a spectacular natural light show.
Word of the incoming spectacle started to spread after the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center reported observing a “severe” G4 geomagnetic storm Tuesday morning — the second highest type on its scale. These storms often come as a result of the Sun releasing cloudy blobs of gas and magnetic field lines, which is why it can take a couple of days before us Earthlings see its effects.
But some of the keener skywatchers were able to capture images of the Aurora Borealis last night:
— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) March 17, 2015
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) March 17, 2015
— sophieraworth (@sophieraworth) March 18, 2015
If you really want to see the lights for yourself tonight, try to get somewhere really dark. Because of the severity of the geomagnetic storm this time around, there’s also a small chance GPS systems and even power grids could be disrupted, potentially causing outages (which should help you find that dark spot you’re looking for).
But if you’d rather stay in and watch the show from the comfort of your own home, a live stream of the Northern Lights from the Northwest Territories capital can be watched right here.