(Ames) A large sun-spot group from the sun is heading towards the Earth, causing a solar storm, which may allow Iowans to see the northern lights tonight.
“There was a solar flare called a coronal mass ejection a few days ago and that bubble of particles and magnetic fields are coming towards us and when it hits the Earth’s magnetic field it leads to a northern lights display and that can push it down to lower latitudes,” explained Charles Kerton, an Associate Professor with Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University.
Kerton says Earth is in an 11-year solar maximum where there is a lot of activity from the sun. He says if there is cloud cover tonight, the chances of seeing the northern lights in the northern horizon will be slim.
Iowa Radio Network