A solar flare that will impact the Earth's astrosphere tonight is set to allow much of New York State to see the Northern Lights tonight.

The solar flare emitted from the sun on Tuesday is set to pass Earth tonight and will end up pushing the Southern boundary of the Northern Lights deep into the southern part of New York State.


  This year has been a very active year for the sun and we have had several chances to see the Northern Lights in New York, which is very unusual.

WHAT IS THE AURORA BOREALIS?

The Northern Lights or Polar Lights happen when the light from the sun hits the magnetic fields of the Earth's atmosphere and produces a variety of colors.

WHEN CAN I SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?

Usually, the best time to see Aurora Borealis is between November and February but it is possible to see it outside those times. Usually, the best time to see the Northern Lights is 9 pm and 2 am.

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CAN I SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS WITH THE NAKED EYE?

Yes, you can, but what you see won't look like the photos you see on the internet. Cameras use a form of long exposure and this allows for the capture of colors and details that are impossible for the human eye to detect.

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