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Upstate NY Might Get Another Shot At Northern Lights - With Fewer Clouds This Time

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The Space Weather Prediction Center says there’s a strong chance that several emissions of energized particles from the sun, known as coronal mass ejections, will reach Earth’s atmosphere tonight. Those particles strike the atmosphere at speeds up to 45 million mph, and the Earth’s magnetic field directs the particles toward the poles, according to space.com

“The dramatic process transforms into a cinematic atmospheric phenomenon that dazzles and fascinates scientists and skywatchers alike,” space.com said.

To see the lights, look toward the northern horizon between sunset and sunrise. The hours from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. are best, NOAA says. Your odds increase the father north and the farther from city lights you get.

 

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If you have a Twitter account, it's worth following this guy:

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He puts out short videos about the sun's activity and what we can expect as a result. He has some theories about climate change being linked more to solar activity, but honestly that stuff is a little over my head. It's one of those things I wish Tony was here to explain better. 

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