Northern Lights could light up Halloween weekend skies across Canada

Just in time for Halloween, a potentially colorful light show in the sky.

Earlier in the week, a solar flare erupted Thursday morning, causing a high-frequency radio outage across parts of South America.

A solar eruption is a powerful eruption of radiation, and when it hits the Earth’s atmosphere, it has the potential to not only affect technology, but also create magnificent geomagnetic storms – also known as the Northern Lights.

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In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a warning Friday afternoon that a geomagnetic storm surge is in effect on March 30-31. October.

NOAA said the clock stems from Thursday’s significant solar flare and coronal mass emission (CME).

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“Analysis indicated that CME left the Sun at a speed of 973 km / s and is expected to arrive on Earth on October 30, with effects likely to continue into October 31,” the US-based NOAA said, noting that its DSCOVR satellite will be among the first spacecraft to detect changes in solar wind in real time, enabling forecasters to issue appropriate warnings.

“The impacts of our technology from a G3 storm are generally nominal. However, a G3 storm has the potential to drive the Northern Lights further away from its normal polar residence, and if other factors come together, the Northern Lights can be seen over the far northeast, to the upper Midwest and across the state of Washington. “

In Canada, Space Weather calls for Canada at stormy intervals for its polar, northern, and sub-auroral regions.

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In addition, according to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northern Lights activity will be high from Inuvik and Yellowknife all the way to Portland, the US Plains and New York.

A graphic from the University of Alaska Fairbanks showing where Saturday night's northern lights could be seen.

A graphic from the University of Alaska Fairbanks showing where Saturday night’s northern lights could be seen.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

A couple from Okanagan – Jack and Alice Newton, who are hosting a popular astronomy bed and breakfast – say it is possible that the light show can be seen as early as Saturday early in the evening.

However, they note that display will depend on location and weather, plus how much energy is left from the CME.

The website also has more information about the weekend’s Northern Lights, including a real – time image gallery.

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