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Aurora Borealis may be visible from Northeast Oregon, Washington this Sunday and Monday

FILE - Aurora Borealis in Britain

Those of us in the Pacific Northwest may get the rare chance to spot the Aurora Borealis (Northern lights) this Sunday and Monday.

The National Weather Service says a coronal mass ejection could result in an Aurora well into the northern states in the following days.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters have issued a geomagnetic storm watch after analyzing a solar flare Friday morning. They say high latitude watchers can expect auroras on Sunday and Monday around midnight.

So, what does all this mean?

A huge sunspot finally erupted on Friday, July 14, causing a powerful and long-lasting solar flare.

The explosion, which lasted for more than two hours, "produced a sustained fusillade of X-rays and energetic protons that ionized the upper layers of Earth's atmosphere," according to spaceweather.com.

The coronal mass ejection, blasted away from the explosion site toward earth, could reach our planet on Sunday, sparking geomagnetic storms and auroras.

There's a slim chance for viewing the auroras in most of Oregon, but it may be possible in the northeastern part of the state, according to Jim Todd, the director of space and science education at OMSI.

Luckily the forecast looks clear, so be sure to keep your eyes to the sky around midnight Sunday and Monday!




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