Northern lights may be visible from Missouri overnight


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Thanks to a massive amount of energy that was ejected from the sun earlier this week, many Midwest states may be able to catch a glimpse of the incredible northern lights on Wednesday night.

Missouri Storm Chasers have been tracking the development and shared the news on Facebook saying "chances are conditional," but the opportunity is there.

A map from the University of Alaska, which forecasts when the auroras that create the norther lights flare up, shows that much of Missouri will have the chance to see the lights. You'll want to look towards the northern horizon between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. tonight for your best chance to see it.

So how does this suddenly happen, you may be wondering? Well Missouri Storm Chases explained:

"Well, a CME or known as a Coronal Mass Ejection is expected to make impact with Earth this afternoon into evening. Direct impacts from a significant CME can lead to the increased chances of northern lights to be seen further south. Of course tonight's even isn't going to be overhead, at least right now. Things could definitely change. Though if this verifies, much of Missouri could see northern lights on the horizon. As with severe storms, this is a real time event so things can change in a instant. NOAA classified this as a G3 storm (strong) which is stronger on the scale of geomagnetic storms."

There's a chance the forecast can change over the next 6-10 hours, as of now, there's still a chance for the rare event.

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