Solar storm on Thursday to make Northern Lights visible in 17 states.

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Solar storm on Thursday to make Northern Lights visible in 17 states.

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FILE - An aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, is seen in the night sky in the early morning hours of Monday, April 24, 2023, near Washtucna, Wash. A solar storm forecast for Thursday, July 13, is expected to give sky gazers in more than a dozen American states a chance to glimpse the Northern Lights. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

A solar storm forecast Thursday will give sky gazers in 17 U.S. states a chance to catch a glimpse of the northern lights, the colorful sky show that occurs when the solar wind hits the atmosphere.

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are often seen in Alaska, Canada, and Scandinavia, but an 11-year solar cycle that is expected to peak in 2024 makes the lights visible farther south. Is. Three months ago, Arizona saw light displays, the third intense geomagnetic storm since the start of the current solar cycle in 2019.

The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks on Thursday reported auroral activity in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Indiana. said , Maine and Maryland.

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