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The Northern Lights could be visible in parts of Maine this week

ByRandall B. Phelps

Feb 1, 2022

Parts of Maine may be within reach of the best light show on earth.

A rare space sight may spread across the lower 48 this week. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a coronal mass ejection is expected to reach Earth February 1-2, 2022. With the arrival of charged particles from the sun, the Northern Lights have the chance to be seen in parts of Maine.

Northern Maine has the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights, but the solar storm can be strong enough to extend the light show further south. For best viewing, find a dark place away from any light pollution. The green glow of the Northern Lights will likely be faint on the horizon. Stronger storms produce more color and can spread across the night sky.

Forbes says that while the light show is hindered by clouds, there are still opportunities to see the Northern Lights. The current solar cycle is on the rise, which means the frequency of coronal mass ejections and solar flares is increasing.

The Northern Lights are caused by ejections of charged particles that collide in our atmosphere and are pulled towards the Earth’s magnetic poles. As they travel through the atmosphere, they emit energy in the form of light. NOAA provides a more detailed explanation here.

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