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Northern lights may expand south next couple days



WASHINGTON (AP) - Northerners thawing out from a bitter freeze may get rewarded with shimmering northern lights the next couple days.

Federal space weather forecaster Joe Kunches said the sun shot out a strong solar flare late Tuesday, which should arrive at Earth early Thursday. It should shake up Earth's magnetic field and expand the Aurora Borealis south, possibly as far south as Colorado and central Illinois. He said best viewing would probably be Thursday evening, weather permitting.

The University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute predicts much of Canada and the northern fringes of the U.S. should see the northern lights. Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, Seattle and Des Moines might see the shimmering colors low on the horizon.

The solar storm is already diverting airline flights around the poles and may disrupt GPS devices Thursday.

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msb7757 January 10 2014 at 2:06 AM

The northern lights are spectacular!

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islakermom January 09 2014 at 7:23 PM

In Alaska they dance across the sky so vividly that some get a motion sickness feeling.

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lcagee January 09 2014 at 7:07 PM

Kp 4 at 7 pm edt 1/9 so dont expect anything yet.

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lcagee January 09 2014 at 7:04 PM

Its slow to arrive traveling only about a million mph. An outlier satellite detected activity at 3 edt thurs 1/9 so it should hit soon if its coming. But kp still only 4. Hoping it hits kp 7.

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lcagee January 09 2014 at 6:58 PM

In maine a good chance go out tonight and look north every hour til the moon sets

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islakermom January 09 2014 at 7:20 PM

I just checked the kp too and am hoping it increases. Here in Northern Minnesota it is a hit and miss with the clouds.

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maxcranium January 09 2014 at 6:28 PM

Green house lights!

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ewing1936charles January 09 2014 at 6:20 PM

A few times while living In Syrcuse, NY - many ttimes while living in Norway Sweden, etc

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NY_CITYKINGZ January 09 2014 at 6:18 PM

ok and?

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neenee2k January 09 2014 at 5:56 PM

When I lived in Alaska I saw the most beautiful northern lights. The draperies were so beautiful and when they dance in the sky is was fabulous. Of the it was freezing and couldn't stand out too long when we saw the best ones. Nothing like it.

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Fred January 09 2014 at 5:18 PM

I would like to se the Northern Lights, I remember seeing tham when I lived in Wheaton, MD around 1958

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