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Major Northern Lights event predicted tonight

The northern lights, at another time, in another place (Alaska).
The northern lights, at another time, in another place (Alaska).

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.

Here's a map from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks depicting where the lights can be seen tonight.

Major Northern Lights event predicted 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:


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