Solar Storm Leads to Northern Lights Super Show

The Northern Lights will be viewable in select states on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Due to a solar storm in the Earth strike zone, there is a chance to see the Northern Lights in various places throughout the United States as far south as Colorado. 

According to, a coronal mass ejection (CME) “grazed Earth’s magnetic field on September 17th.” That CME was small, but the one that is expected to come in contact with Earth’s magnetic field on Tuesday could lead to the Northern Lights being viewable from a number of U.S. states.

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Geomagnetic activity happens more frequently around the autumn and spring equinoxes, according to Forbes. Though the light displays aren’t expected to be as intense as those in the Arctic regions, it’s worth a shot to stay up late or get up extra early for a chance to see the Northern Lights from the comfort of your own home.