A large area of the U.S. will be able to enjoy a rare glimpse of the Northern Lights this week.
The natural light show is usually only seen in far northern regions of the U.S. and Canada. Over the past few a days, a spot in the sun’s outer atmosphere has been directly facing the Earth. This sunspot has increased the chances of solar wind storms, which will in turn make the aura borealis more active and visible.
States that will be able to see a rare glimpse of the natural wonder include Vermont, Nebraska, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Oregon, Oklahoma, Idaho, Iowa and Wyoming.
If you’re in one of these states and want to see it for yourself, you may need to travel outside of your city for the best view. Light pollution from buildings and other light sources will keep the skies bright and impede your attempts to see the aura borealis.
Cloud cover may also keep you from spotting the light show in the sky, so make sure to check your local weather forecast. If the weather is clear, your best option is to pack a bag, bring some friends and take a quick trip out into the country for a cozy and memorable night under the stars.