Aurora Borealis possible Sunday night across northern US, Canada

The Mackinac Bridge underneath the northern lights early

The Mackinac Bridge underneath the northern lights early

The Northern Lights are predicted to be visible in New England this weekend, but the big question is where and how can you see it.

That puts northern New England in the crosshairs for a potentially colorful display on Sunday and Monday night.

Those particles are on their way to Earth due to a coronal mass ejection observed on Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

Solar flares are common, but if the conditions are right, the energy from these flairs can charge up the earth's atmosphere, bringing a chance to see the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. This explosion produced what scientists call a coronal mass ejection (CME).

In addition, the darker the skies the better for viewing.

NOAA has issued a geomagnetic storm watch for the event and expects a "moderate" storm, a 2 out of 5 on its severity scale.

These are the dancing lights seen in the skies above the northern and southern hemispheres.

The aurora borealis - the "Northern Lights" - is a region of charged gases in the ionosphere, a region around 50 miles above the earth's surface. Remember, we are hoping for Kp levels of 6 or higher, a 7 or 8 would be awesome and nearly enure sightings of the northern lights in southern New England. Twitter is another good resource.

CLICK THIS LINK for the latest 30-minute "forecast" for auroral activity, paying special attention to how far south the red "view line" extends.

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