If geomagnetic storm strong enough, Aurora Borealis may show over northwest

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New England residents may be able to see the Northern Lights on Sunday night, although visibility is expected to be greater farther north - and away from the bright lights of Boston.

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

If you can find locations without a lot of street light, such as Spanish Banks or the top of Burnaby Mountain, you might get a better view. Minor radio impacts Asia/Pacific. The flare blasted out X-rays, which caused a minor radio blackout over parts of Asia, the Weather Network reported.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, those particles are on their way to Earth following a coronal mass ejection.

If geomagnetic storm strong enough, Aurora Borealis may show over northwest
If geomagnetic storm strong enough, Aurora Borealis may show over northwest

The corona mass ejection is a huge release of plasma and magnetic field from the solar corona. These gases give off light from green to orange to red depending on the type of gas being excited by the charged solar particles.

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

So when this energy arrives near earth on Sunday, it could spark a geomagnetic storm and brilliant auroras at far northerly latitudes.

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