Northern Lights tonight?

Tonight could be a good chance to see the northern lights from NC. If it happens it would be nothing like what you would see near in the far north but more like a red glow above the northern horizon. Last March Tyler Penland took this photo from Boone.

A huge sunspot released a major coronal mass ejection (CME) yesterday which will impact the earth tonight and Saturday morning. NOAA is classifying the event as a potential G4 level geomagnetic storm which is the highest level measured. The table below shows the predicted Kp-index which is an indication of the level of auroral activity. The predicted peak of 8.33 will be between 06:00-09:00 UT which is 3:00-6:00 AM eastern time Saturday morning. The Kp index starts climbing around dusk tonight. Note that even if you don’t see anything but a faint glow with the naked eye start shooting short time exposures with your phone or camera (preferably on a tripod) as your camera is much more sensitive than your eyes.

No guarantee you will see anything but I plan to find a dark spot with a northern view after dinner!

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