You Can See The Northern Lights In So Many U.S. States This Week

The northern lights will continue appearing across parts of the contiguous U.S. this week, Accuweather reports, giving stargazers rare access to the most epic light show on Earth.

Viewers reported seeing the lights on Monday night and early Tuesday morning in Michigan and Iowa, thanks to a massive solar storm. The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Aurora Forecast predicts it will continue Tuesday in parts of Vermont, Nebraska, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming.

Mostly and sunny and warm today…but before the sun comes up, did you see the #NorthernLights? Pic from Ludington!

— FOX 17 (@FOX17) November 3, 2015

The #NorthernLights are showing up in central Iowa now. ISCN’s Brennan Jontz captured this photo just now #iawx

— Iowa Storm Chasing (@IAStormChasing) November 3, 2015

The northern lights aren’t commonly seen in the lower 48 states; on our continent, they’re typically easier to spot in places like Alaska and Canada. But sometimes, when conditions are right, they appear further south — and it’s remarkable.

You’ll have the best chance to see them in dark areas with low light pollution, far from cities and towns. Cloud cover may be an issue in some areas, particularly the Pacific Northwest.

And if you can’t catch the northern lights stateside, you just might just have to take a trip somewhere exotic.

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