Northern Lights may be visible once again tonight

If you have missed the Northern Lights, you may see it tonight
An undated image of Northern lights. — Space
An undated image of Northern lights. — Space

Scientists in North America may have another opportunity to view the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, this evening. However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) advises that the display will likely be less intense as compared to the recent sightings.

This renewed possibility stems from a further solar flare originating from a sunspot. While the flare reignites auroral activity, the intensity will be significantly lower, with a visibility chance ranging from 0% to 50%.

According to NOAA data, optimal viewing locations tonight include Canada and northern US states such as Washington, Montana, and North Dakota. The agency recommends stargazing between 10pm and 2am local time for the highest chance of observing the phenomenon.

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To maximise viewing potential, NOAA suggests travelling northward whenever possible to minimise light pollution from urban areas. Consulting weather forecasts for clear skies and seeking a vantage point, such as a hilltop, are also recommended.

While a separate solar flare occurred earlier this week, its distance may not have any impact on Earth's auroras. Additionally, a geomagnetic storm materialised earlier this week, visible in some northern US states, but it lacked the strength of the weekend's display. These storms are more frequent during the solar maximum, a period of heightened solar activity expected to peak later this year.

Although tonight's Aurora Borealis display may be less vibrant, there remains a possibility of sighting this natural wonder with careful planning and travel conditions.