'Good chance' Northern Lights phenomenon could be visible over Ireland this weekend

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Star gazers in cities as far south as NY and Chicago may get a rare glimpse of the northern lights this weekend due to an unusual geomagnetic storm.

According to the Space Weather Prediction Center from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there is a high probability of a geomagnetic storm that may be visible from the Hoosier State.

The weather for more northern areas looks better, with the Scottish Highlands, Dundee and Aberdeen predicted to have clearer skies. The powerful explosion hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space, but it was directed toward Earth. The chances of observing the Northern Lights diminish as you head south because lights from Indianapolis make it more hard to see.

When this occurs in the Northern Hemisphere it is known as the aurora borealis, while such an event in the Southern Hemisphere is called the aurora australis.

If viewing the northern lights is something on your bucket list, make sure you pencil in some free time this weekend as they could visible as far south as I-70! Sometimes the sky is quiet, then suddenly lights up with color.

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The Aurora in both poles is caused by particles from the sun that are constantly flowing toward our planet, but a CME delivers an extra large helping that can really amp up the display, CNET reported.

Skies need to be clear in order for sky watchers to be wowed by the spectacle.

Skywatchers in parts of the United States, including NY, may be able to see the northern lights this weekend.

It's not unheard of for Hoosiers to see the Northern Lights in IN, but it is relatively rare. But those closest to the auroral oval have the best chance of seeing the northern lights. Visibility can partly come down to chance-it's easier to see the aurora during a new moon, as the shine of a full moon can render the aurora invisible.