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Clouds may prevent a good view of the Northern Lights

Thickening clouds late day and tonight make for poor viewing conditions
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When solar winds pass the magnetic field and hit the Earth's atmosphere, it makes for a stunning aurora display we call the Northern Lights. Officially known as the Aurora Borealis in the northern hemisphere, the Northern Lights are usually visible in the Arctics. 

One of the strongest geomagnetic storms of the year will push those lights further south than usual. Tonight skygazers in areas as far south as Washington have the possibility of taking in the unique light display.   

The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a geomagnetic storm watch through December 11th.

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The best way to see the Northern Lights is to get away from the city lights and look north. Unfortunately, most of Minnesota will have poor viewing conditions tonight due to cloudy skies and nearly a full moon. 

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