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Northern lights may dance across Minnesota skies this weekend

Aug 31, 2019 06:45AM ● By Editor
The northern lights spotted north of Duluth in July 2015. This weekend, the lights will likely be seen across Minnesota, including southern parts of the state.  Photo: Derek Montgomery for MPR News 2015

By Jiwon Choi of Minnesota Public Radio News - August 30, 2019 

This weekend, there’s one more reason to get outside besides the State Fair: The northern lights will be visible across Minnesota, including the Twin Cities. 

Aurora forecast model from NOAAs Space Weather Prediction Center
The aurora forecast model from NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center shows the intensity and location of the aurora as expected for the time shown at the top of the map.
Courtesy of Space Weather Prediction Center

Moderate geomagnetic storm conditions over the weekend are expected to bring the aurora borealis to several northern U.S. states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center. 

The best time to catch the spectacle will be Sunday evening when the lights are likely to reach as far as southern Minnesota — although the farther north you go, the better the view.

The light pollution map can help you find a dark area near you. You also can monitor the chances of seeing the aurora at the Space Weather Prediction Center’s website. In case you can’t catch the sight this weekend, the Alaskan Geophysical Institute carries a live stream of the night sky.

To read the original article and see related reporting, follow this link to the MPR News website.

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