The Ohio Valley may experience a different kind of light show Saturday night.
According to AccuWeather.com, a solar flare that happened about 2 a.m. Thursday morning may create a spectacular display of northern lights Saturday evening. The Ohio Valley also happens to be in the “Good” to “Fair” viewing area according to the website.
States listed in the “Good” viewing area include New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Connecticut, Road Island and New York including New York City.
The lights are expected to be visible about 8 p.m. however, there is a possibility the lights will deviate for up to seven hours, according to AccuWeather.
Dazzling Northern Lights Anticipated Tonight
A solar flare that occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday morning may create a spectacular display of northern lights Saturday evening. The midlevel flare had a long duration and was directed at Earth. According to AccuWeather.com Astronomer Hunter Outten, who stated that this flare was “impressive”, these are the best conditions for seeing a direct effect on our planet. On the Kp index, the flare has been categorized at 6 to 8. This is a scale for measuring the intensity of a a geomagnetic storm. The 6 to 8 rating means that the effects of the radiation will have a greater reach.