Northern Lights may visible in some parts of the US this weekend

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ALTA, NORWAY – MARCH 28: A general view of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights near Road 93 between Kautokeino and Alta on March 28, 2017 in Finnmark, Norway. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

What a treat! 

Cities as far as New York and Chicago may get to witness the rare phenomenon known as the Northern Lights, or “aurora borealis.”

It’s all thanks to an unusual geomagnetic storm, according to meteorologists. 

It’s called a coronal mass ejection — defined as a large cloud of charged particles from the solar corona — and it’s expected to arrive Saturday. 

The NOAA added that the CME, when combined with a recent small solar flare could also be the cause. 

This storm could increase the intensity and reach of the Northern Lights to parts of the northern United States over the weekend, according to the NOAA.

According to this graph by the NOAA, some parts of states like Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania might be able to see the lights.

Skies need to be clear in order for people to see the Northern Lights. 

Make sure to check the weather forecast where you are before you head out and try to go as far away from the light pollution of cities as you can. 

According to the Canadian Space Agency, the aurora can move and dance rapidly without warning, so look up and everywhere to enjoy the full show. 

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