The folks at Science Buzz say the sun spewed forth a mighty belch of solar particles yesterday, and they're expected to bombard the Earth tonight for a major display of the northern lights.
The spooky yet awesome light show is pretty common Up North, but it ought to be visible with the naked eye across a lot of Minnesota tonight -- if the sky is clear, and you can get away from city lights.[jump]
Here's a map from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks depicting where the lights can be seen tonight.
If you can get a clear view, and you have a tripod, try capturing the lights in a photograph with a long time exposure, or on video. This is what the lights can look like:
National Geographic reports the solar flare was one of the largest ever seen. Here's some video: