Northern Lights Could Light Up The Sky

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Gigantic Aurora borealis (Northern Lights) above mountains near Atigun Pass, Dalton Highway, Alaska, USA

Stargazers could be in for a treat Saturday night as a G2 Moderate Geomagnetic Storm Watch has been posted by the National Space Weather Prediction Center.

A strong solar storm earlier in the week has unleashed a blast of solar energy toward Earth and it will arrive Saturday. The intense energy excites oxygen and nitrogen molecules at heights of 60 to as high as 200 miles above the surface. 

When these molecules get hit with the energy, they emit light in the common pale green to pink colors. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been seen. The color all depends on the type of molecule that is excited.

To get a glimpse of the Northern Lights, get a way from the city lights, and look up and north. You may just get to see one of the most incredible displays that our Earth usually reserves for area closer to the poles.

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