Geomagnetic storm could give Boston glimpse of Northern Lights

A geomagnetic storm approaching from the sun could give Boston-area residents a rare glimpse of the aurora borealis tonight and Friday night — if they can get far away enough from the city lights, forecasters said.

Charged particles from the sun typically only reach the earth’s polar regions, causing the multi-colored lights to appear in the sky, but a particularly strong eruption on the sun earlier this week could drive those electric particles as far south as New England.

“It’s chancy, but there’s a good chance that the auroral oval could be driven down that far South,” said National Weather Service space scientist Joe Kunches.


For the best view of the phenomenon, also known as the Northern Lights, he recommends watching anytime after sunset and before sunrise.

“Go to a dark place and get away from the background city lights and commotion,” he said.

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