Northern Lights Headed South

Solar storm pushing the Aurora Borealis

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An especially strong solar flare that shot forth from the sun on Tuesday could disturb Earth's magnetic fields enough to send the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, as far south as Colorado. The flare reached Earth early today and should be visible during the next two days.

According to federal space weather forecaster Joe Kunches, this evening should provide the best viewing opportunities, weather permitting. The lights should be visible in most Canadian and northern American cities.

The solar flare has already forced the cancellation of a launch to the International Space Station yesterday, and most airline flights near the poles have been diverted as of today. GPS systems are also expected to be affected.

Check out a little preview of what you might be missing right here.

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