You may see the Northern Lights over Vancouver

It may also be possible to watch the live demonstration on Christmas Eve.

Metro Vancouver sky-watchers, rejoice!

Environment Canada requires bright sunshine and clear skies all weekend, and it’s a blessing for locals hoping to see the northern lights.

According to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northern Lights activity will be very active Saturday (October 30), with views possible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit, to Portland OR, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Springfield and New York City, and visible low on the horizon as far south as Carson City, Oklahoma City and Raleigh. “

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Photo via University of Alaska Fairbanks

There is also a possibility that locals will see the lively demonstration on All Hallows’ Eve, though the display is not expected to be as strong in Vancouver. The highly active Northern Lights will be visible above from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Iqaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sept-Iles, and visible low on the horizon from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and Halifax. . ”

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Photo via University of Alaska Fairbanks

Geomagnetic storms ahead

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, G3 (strong) and G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storms are possible on October 30 and October 31.

For us to see the Northern Lights, the sky must be dark and clear; clouds are the biggest obstacles to aurora borealis observations. However, Vancouver’s weather forecast calls for clear skies all weekend, providing ideal conditions for an enchanting celestial show.

Stargazers should choose to travel as far away from city lights as possible to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of celestial bodies. While this works best in more remote locations, all locations that have a higher elevation will also provide more ideal viewing conditions.

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