New Yorkers may see something incredible this week: the northern lights. The National Weather Service reports that a solar storm will cause auroras to appear in more southern latitudes.
The sky show could possibly be seen in the northern part of the state, as well as northern parts of Maine, Washington or Montana. The glow may be seen at night in the absence of heavy fog.
The Aurora Borealis is a glow from the upper atmosphere due to the interaction between the Earth’s magnetic field and charged solar wind particles. Usually aurora borealis appears closer to the poles, but after strong solar flares it can also appear to the south (or north for the south pole).