A mid-week solar flare may make it possible to see some meteorological magic this weekend. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a geomagnetic storm on the sun released a coronal mass ejection (CME), making it possible to auroras as far south as New York City! So where exactly can you see the Northern Lights in the United States?

As the CME moves towards the Earth, its charged particles will collide with our planet’s magnetic field. Regularly released solar particles are responsible for the brilliant Northern and Southern Lights. But the CME adds an extra powerful stream of particles, resulting in pretty rad light show much farther south than usual.

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So who exactly gets to sneak a peek at aurora awesomeness? Most likely, according to NOAA’s data, the lucky ducks who live in the northern part of the Unites States. The light-viewing line should slice through the entire country, East to West Coast—dipping down to cities such as New York and Chicago.

When can you catch a glimpse of the North American light show? Most likely Saturday, Mar. 23, early in the morning, is your best bet. To see the lights, just go outside and look up. If the astro-experts are correct, you’ll have quite the view!

—Erica Loop

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