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Don’t Miss Your Rare Chance To Spot The Northern Lights Tonight!

A view of the northern lights in the night sky.

You don’t have to travel across the globe to view the elusive northern lights this June. In fact, you may be able to catch a glimpse of this multi-colored phenomenon tonight! That’s because of an enormous sunspot scientists are labeling AR13697. Although this solar event occurred earlier in the year, we’re still enjoying its stunning effects on our night skies.

On May 10, people all across the U.S. witnessed rare sightings of the aurora borealis in locations where it hasn’t been seen before! For example, Florida is usually way too far south to catch even a glimpse of the northern lights. However, this year residents were able to capture some incredible photos of the gorgeous celestial event!

According to The Farmer’s Almanac, we’re due for another mass sighting of northern lights in June — tonight, in fact! The same sunspot that brought on so many unusual appearances of the aurora borealis last month is set to do it again. Because of the sun’s rotation, AR13697 hasn’t been in view for a while. However, now that it’s coming back around, we’re likely to get another fantastic display of lights.

There’s an additional reason that the June 6 northern lights are expected to be especially beautiful. Tonight is the new moon, which means that there will be less illumination in the sky to compete with the aurora borealis!

Here’s how to see the northern lights tonight.

A view of the northern lights in the night sky.
Photo by Maud Bocquillod on Unsplash

Now that you know why we’re getting more sightings of the northern lights this June, let’s talk about how to make the most of them. The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center has some excellent tips on the best way to get a great view of the aurora borealis.

Assuming that you’re in one of the areas where the northern lights are visible tonight, here’s how you can maximize your experience. First of all, you want to make sure that you’re watching the skies at the right time. The Space Weather Prediction Center recommends somewhere between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. for the best sighting.

Another thing you’ll want to keep in mind is light pollution. Even though we’re lucky enough to be getting a new moon tonight, there are other light sources that could diminish your view of the aurora borealis. For example, if you live in a bright city, you may want to travel to a more rural location.

We hope you get the opportunity to see the aurora borealis in your area tonight!

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