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Northern Lights likely to make another appearance in South Dakota Sunday night
Second chance for those who missed the show last month
For those who slept through the show last time the Northern Lights rolled over the northern United States a month ago, you may get another chance tonight.
Meterologist Tyler Roney of Dakota News Now, tweeted the Northern Lights may be visible tonight from areas as far south as Alabama. Roney went on to say the cloud cover looks to break up, offering a good view of this natural phenomenon.
The Aurora Borealis are the result of electrons colliding with the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere. When these electrons collide with molecules in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, the result is an energetic effect similar to how neon lights work, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
This particular show is the result of a Coronal Mass Ejection, according to the NOAA website, and the resulting geomagnetic storm has arrived earlier and was much stronger than expected.
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NOAA’s tips for viewing the Northern Lights:
Go out at night. Get away from city lights.
Best aurora is usually within an hour or two of midnight.
Given the right vantage point, say for example on top of a hill in the northern hemisphere with an unobstructed view toward the north, a person can see aurora even when it is 600 miles further north.