FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A solar flare that occurred on Thursday night has sent high energy particles toward our planet. When these particles come into contact with our atmosphere through Sunday morning, it is possible they could cause the “Northern Lights” to be spotted much farther south than is typical, and that includes northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.
The Library of Congress defines the “Northern Lights” as “shafts or curtains of colored light visible on occasion in the night sky.”
While there may be some sightings in our region, the best chances are focused north of us. So, a spectacular view in the local sky is not very likely. Plus, we are forecasted to have a number of clouds in the sky through Sunday morning, which will likely block the “Northern Lights” from being seen in most locations.
To stay up to speed with the Northern Lights forecast, here are some useful links:
- Video of Thursday night’s solar flare/CME (Credit NASA/SDO)
- NOAA Geomagnetic Storm Watch (NOAA SWPC)
- Aurora forecast (Updated daily at 8 PM) University of Alaska, Fairbanks
- Aurora forecast (updated every 30 minutes) NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center
- All Sky Camera University of Alaska, Fairbanks