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The northern lights could be visible in Milwaukee this weekend

Posted at 11:37 AM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 08:39:48-04

MILWAUKEE — A storm of geomagnetic proportions is set to hit planet Earth over the weekend, creating a scenario where we might be able to see the northern lights in Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend.

Scientists at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks say that if the weather behaves, "auroral activity" is expected to be noticeably high. If you don't know what "auroral activity" means, that's okay.

The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere, according to the Northern Lights Center.

The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres, causing a spectacular show for all to see.

AR forecast

Scientists say that the best chance to see the lights will be on Saturday and Sunday.

To view the most up to date aurora forecast, click here.