Northern Lights may make appearance over Metro Vancouver tonight

Dec 19 2017, 6:34 pm

If you look up to the night sky tonight, you may catch a glimpse at the elusive Northern Lights dancing their way among the stars.

The Space Weather Prediction Centre is reporting an increased chance of seeing the aurora borealis over Canada and the northern U.S. states Wednesday night as a geomagnetic storm creates a stronger presence stretching more south than usual.


Astronomers call it a G1 (Minor) Storm, which creates vibrant auroras over northern and southern Canada and northern United States. Tonight’s storm is caused by two filament eruptions and a “coronal mass ejection” – or solar flare – on the sun earlier this week. There is a slight possibility the storm could reach G2 (Moderate) status as well, which only occurs 600 times in 11 years.

The best viewing will be under a clear, pitch black sky away from city lights.

Will you be looking for the Northern Lights tonight?

DH Vancouver StaffDH Vancouver Staff

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