A coronal mass ejection question.
August 3, 2010 1:06 PM Subscribe
What are the odds that I'll see the northern lights?
posted by cirrostratus to Science & Nature (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So apparently there is a coronal mass ejection going on right now that will be hitting the atmosphere tonight and tomorrow which could mean increased aurora activity. Cool. How likely am I to see the northern lights and what can I do to maximize my chances?
Vital Info: I'm on about the 41st and a half parallel, which is fairly far south as far as auroras are concerned. However the NOAA website map shows me being inside (on the edge of, but definitely inside) the area where there could be auroras. Will I be able to see them if I'm looking for them, or is this the kind of thing I need to go off to a super dark spot and get fairly lucky to see?
Bonus question: anyone know of any spots in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area with super super dark skies that are good for spending some time looking up? Anywhere dark enough to see the Milky Way around here?