Solar Storm May Spark Northern Lights Over B.C This Weekend

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Stargazers may have the opportunity to look up and see the northern lights this weekend.

A massive release of plasma from the sun is expected to lead to a geomagnetic storm, resulting in a northern lights display over Canada.

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The last time Canada saw the northern lights was near the end of May. The dancing sky put on a dazzling display over Vancouver.

The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis occur when upper reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere collide with electrons.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, those particles are on their way to Earth following a coronal mass ejection. If those particles reach the magnetic field around the Earth, the collision will create an array of colours, ranging from purple, green, red, and yellow.

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The corona mass ejection is a huge release of plasma and magnetic field from the solar corona.

Northern Lights Viewing

Meteorologists predict the peak viewing times will be between 11:00 p.m. Sunday and 2:00 a.m. Monday morning. Among others, one of the most notable locations to view the lights is from Porteau Cove.

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