The Northern Lights Forecast Looks Good Tonight, Northern Lights Fans!

The Northern Lights Forecast Looks Good Tonight, Northern Lights Fans!

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Art Bicnick

According to the Iceland Meteorological Office, the atmospheric conditions tonight are gonna be tip top for aurora spotting.

The sky is clear, so the biggest obstacle is out of the way. And, luckily, some of those charged particles from the sun will probably be striking atoms in Earth’s atmosphere right above Iceland, causing the electrons in the atoms to move to a higher-energy state. Which, it turns out, looks pre-tty pre-tty pretty.

The strength of the lights is forecast at five out of a possible nine, but even a two or three forecast can produce spectacular displays. The five rating lasts from right about now until 6am, when activity drops.

Sunset has already passed, in case you didn’t notice, and the sky is getting dark. So get aurora spotting, aurora-spotters.

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See the full Northern Lights forecast here.