UPDATE: Northern Lights could also be seen as far south as Virginia

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The anticipated timing has changed now to Thursday just after sunset. Space meteorology is extremely different from meteorology at the surface. There should be some changes as this solar storm arrives.

You may want to save lots of touch time to seem up subsequent few nights. there’s the potential the aurora borealis could also be seen as far south as Pennsylvania, and in extreme cases, maybe even across the Mid-Atlantic.

According to the NOAA’s Space Weather Agency, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) is headed toward the Earth’s atmosphere sometime Wednesday or Thursday. The CMEs are large expulsions of plasma and magnetic fields from the Sun’s corona. Once these hit the Earth’s atmosphere they opened up and may often create the aurora borealis or northern lights .

Even though this is often a robust solar storm, for the aurora borealis to be visible this far south it must be a touch stronger.

WHAT it would TAKE

The energy would need to hit the atmosphere at nighttime. If it happens during the day, we don’t see it.
Energy would wish to be very strong to form the lights visible far enough south to watch here.
You’d got to get during a very dark place far from city lights.
Be sure to possess an excellent view of the northern horizon.
Typically, photographing them produces better results than the eye as you’ll use extended exposure.

Jason Rinehart, an area astrophotographer, captured the aurora borealis on the camera back in June 2015 from along the Blue Ridge Mountains Parkway looking toward the Town of Buchanan. In 2015 that was a C4 geomagnetic storm. the present one is C3.

Aurora from the blue ridge

Seeing them locally would be a rare event, but it’s happened before. Don’t set your expectations too high, on the other hand again, it’s fun to go out do some stargazing while you’re at it.
WHEN to seem

The best time to seem are going to be Thursday after sunset. However, we’ll have a far better idea on timing because the energy gets closer to Earth.

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