Northern Colorado might see a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – Many events may have been canceled this year 2020, but it can’t stop the Northern Lights from putting on a big show. The Aurora Borealis will have a huge surge this Wednesday evening 9th through Friday 11th.

The eruption will be big enough to be seen further south than usual. The increase in visibility is caused by a particularly powerful solar energy explosion from a storm on the sun known as coronal mass ejection (CME).

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This rare phenomenon makes it possible to see the lights in many areas that would normally not be possible.

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NOAA’s space weather forecast center issued geomagnetic storm warnings Wednesday through Friday. As the expected solar flares collide with the magnetic force of the North Pole, the aurora should intensify and possibly be seen in an arc from Washington to Maine.

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This can include a very small chance of seeing a flicker from Denver to southern Wyoming.

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You have a much better view of the lights when you go to Wyoming or Nebraska. For example, a place like Sheridan would have a much better chance of seeing the lights than Denver.

If you are planning to see, the best time is Wednesday evening through Thursday morning away from light pollution (city lights). Thursday night will be bright but it just won’t be the peak of the lights and when a storm comes in the sky it won’t be clear.

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