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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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busdrivermred January 08 2014 at 6:27 PM

Will we be treated in southern New York Like on Long Island ?

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fjrizzu busdrivermred January 08 2014 at 7:10 PM

Like maybe. :)

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ae12wrangell busdrivermred January 09 2014 at 12:01 PM

There's only one way to find out - sacrifice the warmth of your home, go outside, with a jacket, and look north and above. I will be doing that same thing. I live in Nassau County

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cangelo629 January 08 2014 at 9:04 PM

North East Ohio has them from, time to time............Very serene and spectacular........

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edl345 January 08 2014 at 9:03 PM

best displays I ever saw were in Minnesota about 10 years ago at a remote hunting shack. Floods of color, waves of color long lasting just fantastic. More colors than I have ever seen before or after.

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robinrepp1 January 08 2014 at 9:01 PM

We used to see them in New Jersey when I was a child. And yes, this is science.

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lhannabgm55 January 08 2014 at 8:44 PM

Saw these in Biddeford Pool Maine in the late 70's . While at college.Very impressive!

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Diana January 08 2014 at 8:37 PM

wish we could see them in NY

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maraidia Diana January 08 2014 at 8:48 PM

I've seen them on 2 occasions in NY, once was just a few years ago. Amazing.

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Barbara January 08 2014 at 9:56 PM

I live in Cleveland...I would love seeing them!

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faithrada Barbara January 08 2014 at 11:04 PM

Cleveland fun place? ((WKRP hehe )

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Kin Kenny January 08 2014 at 8:18 PM

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Michael January 08 2014 at 8:13 PM

Cool !!!!!!!!!

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scudnut January 08 2014 at 9:15 PM

The only reason that you can't see aurora in New York is due to all the light pollution. The aurora has been that far south in the past and even farther. Relax, you won't be able to see in Las Vegas either for the same reason. Have you ever tried flying into Las Vegas at night? Look out the window and you'll be blinded by the light coming from below. Astronauts should easily be able to pick out Las Vegas at night from space.

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vwilli007 scudnut January 08 2014 at 9:32 PM

Best explaination I've read yet. Makes sense..

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