DENVER (CBS4) – This 2020 year may have canceled a lot of events, but it can’t stop the Northern Lights from putting on a big show. The aurora borealis will see a big boost this Wednesday evening 9th through Friday 11th.
The eruption will be big enough to be seen further south than usual. The increase in visibility is caused by a particularly strong ray of sunlight from a storm on the sun known as Coronal Mass Ejection (CME).
This rare phenomenon makes it possible to see the lights in many areas that normally do not have the opportunity to do so.
The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center has published geomagnetic storm warnings for Wednesday to Friday. As the expected solar flares collide with the magnetic force of the North Pole, the aurora should amplify and possibly be seen in an arc from Washington to Maine.
This can include a very small chance of seeing a flicker from Denver to southern Wyoming.
Much better views of the lights are available when you go to Wyoming or Nebraska. For example, a place like Sheridan would have a much better chance of seeing the lights than Denver.
If you are planning to see the best time, Wednesday evening through Thursday morning is away from light pollution (city lights). Thursday night it will be light but it just won’t be the highlight of the lights and with a storm in the sky it won’t be clear.