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A lively aurora is forecast for this week

  • Author: Laurel Andrews
  • Updated: September 12, 2018
  • Published September 10, 2018

As the nights grow longer and autumn's chill hangs in the air, it can only mean one thing: Aurora-chasing season is here.

This is a great week to be on the lookout for the northern lights, as an active forecast combines with clear skies.

The Aurora Forecast, a product of the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute, is forecasting "high" northern lights activity for both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

A geomagnetic storm – which, as it interacts with the planet's atmosphere, creates the northern lights — is thought to have reached Earth Monday afternoon, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

On Tuesday evening, a geomagnetic storm is forecast to hit earth around 7 p.m. Alaska time, lasting until 10 p.m., according to NOAA.

And, even better news: A high-pressure ridge that's been hanging out over Southcentral Alaska means the skies are forecast to be clear, and there's actually a chance to see the lights.

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