I know its not the warmest of nights and the wind is a bit brisk, but the skies are clear and the Northern Lights will be quite active. According to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, my alma mater by the way, conditions are looking up to see the aurora borealis as far south as Northern Iowa, which includes Minnesota. This will be a possibility tonight, Thursday, but don't rule out another chance to see them tomorrow night.
MAP OF TRACK OF NORTHEN LIGHTS THURSDAY NIGHT
A very large solar event took place early on the 25th of February. Now this solar event occurred on the part of the sun facing away from earth, so the effects will not be as direct. However, enhanced auroral activity is expected when the disturbance arrives late in the evening on Thursday, February 27. Here is a link to the UAF Aurora Page with more information and a graphic explaining how the energy affects the earth upon it's arrival.
Also, below is a link to a NASA video of the actual eruption that is leading to the latest enhanced chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
Stay warm and enjoy.
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