For those of you in the north, take a break from watching “Game of Thrones” and head outside to see the real show in the night sky. I’m referring, of course, to the aurora borealis that is trying its hardest to compete for your attention by expanding its potential audience further south than normal tonight.
Look up the latitude of your current location and if the number is greater than 40, it’s worth stepping outside periodically this evening to see if you might get a glimpse of those magical, dancing northern lights.
Thanks to a coronal mass ejection (CME) by our sun, geomagnetic storms are now underway. These storms don’t result in any rain or lightning, but rather the high latitude light show that often looks like flowing waves of neon greens, blues, reds and purples in the sky.
— NWS (@NWS) July 14, 2017
Auroras have already been sighted in New Zealand (where it’s technically the aurora australis) as well as in Washington, Minnesota and Wyoming, according to spaceweather.com.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the best viewing times are between 11 p.m. ET Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday, and again from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Of course, you’ll also need a cloudless sky for the best view.