Northern Lights could be visible in Lower Michigan this week: How to see them

Northern Lights over Mackinac Bridge on May 6, 2018. (Dustin Dilworth/D3 Imagery)
Northern Lights over Mackinac Bridge on May 6, 2018. (Dustin Dilworth/D3 Imagery)

Michiganders could catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights this week.

The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a G1 geomagnetic storm watch for May 16 due to a series of CMEs expected to arrive beginning on May 15 and lasting through May 17, which means the Aurora Borealis could dip into Michigan.

The best shot to see them will be Thursday night and early morning and again early Friday morning.

Northern Lights are seen in Northern Michigan much more often than Lower Michigan, although it isn't unheard of. Weather is always a factor. Keep an eye on the latest here.

Related: Watch the Northern Lights dance above Michigan's Mackinac Bridge


3-day forecast for Thursday morning:


What are the Northern Lights?

The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres.

They are known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and 'Aurora Australis' in the south.. Auroral displays appear in many colors although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported.

The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.

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