Central New York has a chance to see northern lights Saturday night

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Northern parts of the United States, including Central New York, may get to witness the Northern Lights or aurora borealis this weekend.

It’s all thanks to a geomagnetic storm, according to scientists, called a coronal mass ejection (CME) — defined as a large cloud of charged particles from the solar corona — and it’s expected to arrive Saturday. 

Skies need to be clear in order for people to see the Northern Lights. According to the NewsChannel 9 Storm Team, clear skies Saturday night could give us a great nighttime sight when the aurora could be at its peak.

For the best viewing you want it to be as dark as possible — optimal time between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

NOAA added that the CME, when combined with a recent small solar flare could also be the cause.

This storm could increase the intensity and reach of the Northern Lights to parts of the northern United States over the weekend, according to NOAA.

Locations around Lake Ontario, where there is less light pollution, will be the best spots to view the lights.

According to the Canadian Space Agency, the aurora can move and dance rapidly without warning, so look up and everywhere to enjoy the full show.

NOAA provides an aurora forecast that might help you watch the lights. Click here to see that.

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