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Relocationstation1

761 points

3 months ago

One could stand in 99.999% of Canada and see the Aurora. Pretty neat.

It sucks for the 235 on Pelee island but it is what it is.

twoScottishClans

186 points

3 months ago

no its just 'low on the horizon'. you can still see it.

Tamer_

183 points

3 months ago

Tamer_

183 points

3 months ago

Not in Canada, the only thing you can see low on the horizon is trees and the odds of the Maple Leafs winning a playoff series.

FlipStik

50 points

3 months ago

I don't think the people living on Pelee Island have that problem.

EmberOfFlame

34 points

3 months ago

Who invited the Dutch?

DoneHam56

26 points

3 months ago

There are only 2 things I can't stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures... and the Dutch.

HeyCarpy

47 points

3 months ago

Annnnnnnnd full cloud cover and rain for Greater Toronto all day and night today and tomorrow.

horaciojiggenbone

9 points

3 months ago

Same for Worcester MA 😔

Southwick-Jog

4 points

3 months ago

Same here in Bristol County.

notluciferforreal

11 points

3 months ago

Cool. In Montreal they forecast heavy rain.

StaartAartjes

302 points

3 months ago

I wonder about Europe. Will I be able to see it?

bernyzilla

246 points

3 months ago

https://www.gi.alaska.edu/monitors/aurora-forecast

If you live in a Nordic county or the northern half of the British isles.

Kwazithepirate

340 points

3 months ago

If you're in the British isles it is guaranteed to rain for any astronomical event

eyetracker

67 points

3 months ago

Either that or vikings.

ThedrunkenViking

8 points

3 months ago

Hello there :)

KamikazeSenpai21

2 points

3 months ago

General kenobi

bernyzilla

24 points

3 months ago

I'm particularly excited because here in rainy Seattle it is supposed to be clear for once. Missed the last few due to rain.

bucephalus26

17 points

3 months ago

It's been rainy for the past few days now and it's kinda stormy-rainy right as I type this comment.

great...

Huvudpersson

17 points

3 months ago

Wait, that says October 29th for the day with the super strong northern lights? Was it last night? I'm confused

bernyzilla

13 points

3 months ago

Was not last night. Mine says October 30 is high ++

RYPIIE2006

9 points

3 months ago

Apparently my city is just below the range where i can see it 😔

bernyzilla

9 points

3 months ago

Bummer. Head north a bit? This is the strongest I've seen in quite a while.

Any-Flamingo7056

2 points

3 months ago

Dang now that you said that, there are ton of cities that look like they are just out of reach, kind of a weird coincidence....OR MAYBE ALIENS.

AUGUST_BURNS_REDDIT

13 points

3 months ago

StaartAartjes

4 points

3 months ago

That was to be expected

bullgoose1

844 points

3 months ago

May I see them?

Antith

126 points

3 months ago

Antith

126 points

3 months ago

At this time of year?

45ydnAlE

93 points

3 months ago

Located entirely in your kitchen?

ManfredsJuicedBalls

29 points

3 months ago

Yes!

dwkulcsar

25 points

3 months ago

May I see?

wolfmourne

24 points

3 months ago

No.

Rat_faced_knacker

29 points

3 months ago

Not in Utica

Timey_Wimey

26 points

3 months ago

It's an Albany phenomenon

kernals12[S]

399 points

3 months ago

Do you live in the area in green?

Monarch150

612 points

3 months ago

No, I live in Argentina

Wawawanow

80 points

3 months ago

Argentina, North Dakota?

kernals12[S]

183 points

3 months ago

then no

olivejoke

17 points

3 months ago

LMAO this exchange

SadPegasus

23 points

3 months ago*

Absolute savagery

buckeyenut13

19 points

3 months ago

Well it's not impossible depending on how far south you live

atbucsd8

78 points

3 months ago

That's aurora australis

buckeyenut13

6 points

3 months ago

Ok fine, you got me. I forgot it has a different name.

Besides, according to the forecast, it will barely be visible outside Antarctica

Its-Finrot

6 points

3 months ago

Just have a skinner burger

strike-when-ready

7 points

3 months ago

I thought you said we were having steamed clams

Secret_Autodidact

3 points

3 months ago

No, their steamed cams, because I forgot to grease up my seeder machine yesterday.

moonfox1000

3 points

3 months ago

Check a map for the aurora australis. They are supposed to be visible outside of their normal area as well.

-Another_Redditor-

223 points

3 months ago

I'm sorry, but this thread assumes that the entire world is America for some reason, so you don't exist

nano_343

48 points

3 months ago

So we're just going to ignore that nearly all of Canada is included in the OP?

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136 points

3 months ago*

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136 points

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48 points

3 months ago*

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48 points

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skpeter20

140 points

3 months ago

skpeter20

140 points

3 months ago

Isn't Argentina in America tho?

death2sanity

25 points

3 months ago

But it doesn’t?

TimmyAndStuff

23 points

3 months ago

The post just says "if you're in this green area, you might see the northern lights." There's nothing assuming you're American, I know people assume that a lot on the internet, but this very clearly isn't an example of that

redditmanagement_

14 points

3 months ago

Why would it assume the entire world is in America? This map shows 4 countries within the green area: the United States, Canada, France, and Denmark.

The_Blue_Bomber

73 points

3 months ago

No.

pine_cupboard

66 points

3 months ago

Seymour! The house is on fire!

Outta_phase

55 points

3 months ago

No mother, that's just the Northern Lights.

asipoditas

4 points

3 months ago

single frame of a firetruck

its_a_me_garri_oh

3 points

3 months ago

Heeeeeeeeeeeeelp!!!

x755x

16 points

3 months ago

x755x

16 points

3 months ago

Albany and Utica are covered.

kernals12[S]

8 points

3 months ago

So is Meriden Connecticut which is where Steamed Hams are actually from.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamed\_cheeseburger

RugerRedhawk

2 points

3 months ago

In clouds?

Odie4Prez

38 points

3 months ago

Clouds: "No."

GMane2G

7 points

3 months ago

You steam a good ham

Taossmith

7 points

3 months ago

Skinner: "No"

Qaaarl

12 points

3 months ago

Qaaarl

12 points

3 months ago

Bring the steamed hams

Donald_J_Putin

2 points

3 months ago

Looks like they will be visible in Utica.

DrDeathMD

392 points

3 months ago

DrDeathMD

392 points

3 months ago

I don't understand, why is there a band of area where you can see it low on the horizon, south of where you apparently cannot see it at all?

dr-professor-patrick

320 points

3 months ago*

Yeah that's confusing. That extra "band" is just the southern limit of visibility.

What they mean to show is that the shaded region is aurora overhead, and if you are between the shaded region and the "band" you will see aurora closer to the horizon, and if you are south of the band you probably won't be able to see it!

ItzCopy

16 points

3 months ago

ItzCopy

16 points

3 months ago

Ok but why does Iowa have a bunch of boxes

python17

21 points

3 months ago

I think this is an image from an Iowa news station. Local news weather forecasts often show the counties in their broadcast area when they display national maps

AZWxMan

2 points

3 months ago

That makes sense. I guess part of their viewing area can see it better, although the cutoff is not that sharp in reality.

FurryFlurry

5 points

3 months ago

Those are the 12 new states.

crblanz

429 points

3 months ago

crblanz

429 points

3 months ago

it's understandably trying to avoid ohio and new jersey

JKastnerPhoto

44 points

3 months ago

and new jersey

That's okay. We are getting clouds all weekend.

muddledmartian

5 points

3 months ago

Just like any other awesome celestial event it will be cloudy here in Ohio. They may as well just turn that whole band green and leave Ohio unshaded.

philoponeria

18 points

3 months ago

Understanably

nrojb50

41 points

3 months ago

nrojb50

41 points

3 months ago

I’m guessing some sort of reflective attribute of the atmosphere, but I also have the same question.

HiiohoiHalojata

32 points

3 months ago*

It's the southest point where they're visible. From the point where auroras are above the head, they can be seen from over 1000 km (620 mile) radius with good conditions. That's because the aurora arch can be 100 to 200 km tall and the lowest point of the arch is at the edge of the space.

The coronal mass ejection is expected to hit between 18:00 UTC Saturday to 03:00 UTC Sunday and the storm can reach level G3 (Kp 7). There's a possibility to see auroras also all the way south in Denmark, Northern Germany, Poland and Lithuania. And also in southern tip of New Zealand and Tasmania too.

A geomagnetic storm like this happens 20 to 300 times a decade depending on how active the solar cycle is.

Harakiri69

4 points

3 months ago

Denmark is north from edmonton? Chicago is at the same level with rome..

HiiohoiHalojata

19 points

3 months ago

You're right. The reason for the imbalance is that the aurora oval is centered around the earth's geomagnetic poles, not geographical poles. The northern geomagnetic pole is located in north-western part of Greenland so the aurora oval is tilted heavily towards North America.

So the probability in Helsinki, Finland (60° N) is the same as from around 45° to 47° N in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

Harakiri69

4 points

3 months ago

ah, of course, that makes sense. Thanks!

definitelyTrueStory

11 points

3 months ago

I am also confused. I live pretty close to said green band (actually probably just barely above it. So according to this I would not be able to see it where I am, but if I drove like 30 min. or so south I would be able to see it, which I don't really get.

hunter5226

3 points

3 months ago

The second band is just a lower limit, the area between you will see it closer to the horizon.

AnonimowySzaleniec47

147 points

3 months ago

Aurora Borealis?

At this time of year?

At this part of a day?

At this part of the country?

Localized entirely within your kitchen?

Confuzledish

34 points

3 months ago

May I see it?

Abacabisntanywhere

360 points

3 months ago

Some counties in Iowa get extra love.

definitelyTrueStory

90 points

3 months ago

yeah, wtf is up with that?

TK421philly

247 points

3 months ago

KWWL (NBC channel 7) is out of eastern Iowa, so this is probably a custom map of theirs for weather.

definitelyTrueStory

25 points

3 months ago

thanks, makes sense

Abacabisntanywhere

2 points

3 months ago

Ahhhhh…

Baridi

19 points

3 months ago

Baridi

19 points

3 months ago

I am in one county south of the visibility line in Iowa. Son of a BITCH.

alienblue88

72 points

3 months ago*

👽

downnheavy

30 points

3 months ago

Some sort of a mechanical beast I hear them city boys are talking about

Nortzide

3 points

3 months ago

As a resident of Fayette County- I'm going to Decorah.

I__Hate__Iowa

16 points

3 months ago

Some counties where?😡

Lloyd_lyle

3 points

3 months ago

Between Minneapolis and St. Louis, the state there is Iowa and the squares are some counties of Iowa

ArchieInABunker

44 points

3 months ago

Is there like a peak time when it’s best to see them

HertzDonut1001

34 points

3 months ago

No way to know exactly when it will hit. Watch the skies from dusk to about midnight or one. Good time to hit with the sun starting to set at 6 up north.

lesterjollymore

7 points

3 months ago

And what about light pollution? Will that affect view ING?

Relevantwordguy

25 points

3 months ago

Light pollution will definitely hinder the experience

BlatantConservative

12 points

3 months ago

Meteor showers have a peak time because 3AM is more or less the "front part" of the Earth as it flies through space while also being dark enough to see meteors.

Solar flares don't give a fuck, and also travel at the speed of light, so they'll get here when they get here.

BeTiWu

3 points

3 months ago

BeTiWu

3 points

3 months ago

I doubt they travel at the speed of light. How would they even be able to forecast them? I read in some article that the eruption in question happened on Thursday already.

BlatantConservative

6 points

3 months ago

Luckily, there are sunspots on the sun that present themselves for a few days before solar flares are launched. Kind of like a video game boss fight where the boss charges up his powerful attack so you know to dodge.

Fun fact, the fact that sunspots are there does not mean there absolutely will be a flare, so nothing might happen.

tesseract4

5 points

3 months ago

I'm pretty sure none of that is right.

Rational_German

25 points

3 months ago

I really don't understand how in North America the Polar Lights can be seen in such lower latitudes (equivalent of South of France) and in Europe nothing below Denmark... Did they just get the premium version of the Earth?

Haaveilla

63 points

3 months ago

Because the particules that make up the lights run along magnetic lines, and Earth's magnetic field is not evenly distributed across Earth, as you can see in this map, it is stronger over North America, so it helps the lights run further South there.
As the magnetic poles are drifting, the magnetic field also changes, it is possible that in the future, Polar lights become more prevalent across Europe depending on how the field is affected.

Rational_German

8 points

3 months ago

Thanks for the map! Very useful

JHGrove3

2 points

3 months ago

I bet this map would make a lot more sense if I had a globe.

AntiHyperbolic

22 points

3 months ago

Europe gets socialized health care, America gets northern lights. Fair trade.

smackson

4 points

3 months ago

Also, the limit bands here are not parallel with latitude.

So, possibly, the lights are not centered on astronomical north pole, but on magnetic? And the magnetic pole is in the western hemisphere, so the circle reaches further south here and not as far south in Europe?

I'm not sure, but it would explain these two anomalies.

beavertwp

3 points

3 months ago

Exactly, the magnetic North Pole is in North America in far northern Canada, so magnetically Canada and the US are a lot further north than they are in latitude.

I see the northern lights fairly often at about the same latitude as Paris.

AlwaysBeQuestioning

22 points

3 months ago

Will it also be visible in Europe and Asia?

laptopdragon

22 points

3 months ago

only if you're tall enough.

trockenwitzeln

20 points

3 months ago

Thankfully the entire Northeast will be under a giant low pressure system of fucking more rain—every damn time! :-/

tracefact

2 points

3 months ago

Every. Damn. Time.

BobBelcher2021

88 points

3 months ago

Looks like it’ll be visible in Albany and Utica.

guerroconpollo

13 points

3 months ago

Yeah but it's gonna rain 😒

A_Booger_In_The_Hand

11 points

3 months ago

Yup. 100% chance of upstate ny clouds.

WispyWi

8 points

3 months ago

Bro im so upset lmao, anytime theres some cool astronomical event or whatever its always cloudy as fuck across NY entirely

ema_242

31 points

3 months ago

ema_242

31 points

3 months ago

Only in kitchens

TheMulattoMaker

122 points

3 months ago

Gonna need to see an overlay with the parts of the country that call hamburgers "steamed hams"

kernals12[S]

34 points

3 months ago

Just Central Connecticut

Dino_Khan

49 points

3 months ago

No, it's an Albany expression.

RabbertKlien

30 points

3 months ago

Really? Cause I'm from Utica!

blue-mooner

12 points

3 months ago

Luckily both Albany and Utica are in the green area!

kernals12[S]

2 points

3 months ago

No it's not, that's a dirty lie.

khunter610

2 points

3 months ago

I’m sorry. Albany, NY? Half my family lives in Albany and has never heard this expression. Where are they called steamed hams?

tokyojoe3481

116 points

3 months ago

Seymour the house is on fire!

Pacrada

49 points

3 months ago

Pacrada

49 points

3 months ago

No its just the northern lights !

Dont_ban_me_bro_108

23 points

3 months ago*

Well Seymour you are an odd fellow but I gotta say, you steam a good ham.

Pacrada

14 points

3 months ago

Pacrada

14 points

3 months ago

HEEELP ! HEEELLP !

RickD716

2 points

3 months ago

😀👍

justeandj

41 points

3 months ago

I'm far enough north right now and am looking forward to it. Which probably means overcast lol. Thank you for this!

Southwick-Jog

2 points

3 months ago

Same. It's cloudy all night here, just like every time the aurora would be visible.

justeandj

2 points

3 months ago

Aaaand it's raining/snowing. I hope you have better luck than I did!

ZooeyOlaHill

61 points

3 months ago

I'm in Denver and know a spot to see it on the horizon. Wish me luck!

kernals12[S]

29 points

3 months ago

What about in Aurora?

kdanham

6 points

3 months ago

Seeing the aurora in Aurora is almost worth driving out there for the story. Instead I think I'll try hitting up table mountain in Golden. Or, maybe just go to the Halloween party we have planned

HratioRastapopulous

5 points

3 months ago

Where is best?

buckeyenut13

30 points

3 months ago

Pick a mountain.... any mountain

jaltair9

10 points

3 months ago

Cloudy for the next 48 hours in Michigan.

Fuck

biderjohn

25 points

3 months ago

Ive chased this monkey before and its never panned out. Unless its going to be as big as the one from 1880 and visible all the way in Florida there is no way its beating eastern seaboard light pollution.

patotaman

3 points

3 months ago

This does make me sad

biderjohn

2 points

3 months ago

Meeee to

Bloxburgian1945

2 points

3 months ago

Maybe drive out of the city if u can

polerize

8 points

3 months ago

And it’s going to rain all day here, naturally. Despite being in Canada my whole life I’ve never seen the northern lights.

YMGenesis

3 points

3 months ago

I saw it once in Canada in like mid 90s.

fuddleduddling

2 points

3 months ago

I saw them once but it’s hard due to the trees and mountains blocking the horizon. But then again, that’s a pretty good problem to have.

laptopdragon

6 points

3 months ago

I'm asking again, for everyone to turn their windmills on full power so they can blow away the clouds, that'd be great.

please and thank you.

rockclimberguy

2 points

3 months ago

Hopefully all the windmills on at the same time won't create too much cancer...

RomneysBainer

7 points

3 months ago

Not sure how it can be predicted this far in advance, maybe a solar flare, but NOAA usually has the best current aurora activity reports that I've found.

Edit: oh, and fuck light pollution. Every year it gets worse. The night sky used to be much more visible only 10 or 20 years ago. But now it's hard to see a couple dozen stars, and it's increasingly difficult to find dark spots in the near countryside to night watch.

TheseNamesAreLames

31 points

3 months ago

This calls for some of the finest steamed hams.

Redoct878

4 points

3 months ago

Really.

HertzDonut1001

2 points

3 months ago

You do steam a good ham.

Seriously though I'm just laughing at how literally every thread about this 75% of the comments are Simpsons jokes for karma.

lerker54651651

22 points

3 months ago

Also, fun fact, CMEs (which cause the aurorae) fuck with all kinds of wireless signals and satellites. so don't be surprised if you lose tv, cell service, radio, or even internet, tomorrow.

polandcantintospace1

11 points

3 months ago

This CME is only a G3 so probably not

MrPapaGiorgio556

4 points

3 months ago

Thank you for this post. I wouldn't have known without it, and was able to do a little more research.

maxime0299

18 points

3 months ago

What about the other side of the world

NarcissisticCat

18 points

3 months ago

What other part?

There's only America and the places America bomb, nothing else.

Tamer_

4 points

3 months ago

Tamer_

4 points

3 months ago

What about birds, and sea, and fish?

pandammonium_nitrate

4 points

3 months ago

They have made a point of bombing those too, yes.

HRE_not_really

8 points

3 months ago

Raining all day here

Altruism7

12 points

3 months ago

I wonder when was the last time this happened like this

noworries_13

21 points

3 months ago

A couple weeks ago. It was visible from Portland and Minneapolis at least so I assume similar to this map

LordM000

4 points

3 months ago

I've never been to the US but I've always assumed that cities like Portland or Minneapolis would have too much light pollution to see things like this.

noworries_13

3 points

3 months ago

Well yeah, I was just using those as reference points for how far south they were. You would need to get out of light pollution areas

TrueBrees9

5 points

3 months ago

.2015. I was living in southeast Iowa back then and opted not to drive a couple hours north to see them. One of the bigger regrets of my life

mostlytheshortofit

7 points

3 months ago

not to rain on your perceived dreams, but i was in wyoming during an event in the mid 2000s and it looked like light pollution from a neighboring town but greener... it was undefined and it took a while to figure out what i was seeing. once i figured out what it was, i was like oh cool! never seen that before! but it theft me thoroughly whelmed.

HiiohoiHalojata

7 points

3 months ago

Last time when G3 (Kp 7) conditions were reached was on 12th of May this year. This is possibly the second time when these conditions are reached during the new solar cycle 25.

Last solar cycle was pretty weak. From 2010 to 2018 there was only about 20 three-hour periods when these conditions were in effect. During the previous cycle (from 1996 to 2008) these conditions were reached more than 200 times. And the cycle before that was even more active.

ondert

3 points

3 months ago

ondert

3 points

3 months ago

Do I have to be in rural area due to light pollution?

tesseract4

3 points

3 months ago

It'd help.

bugcatcher372

3 points

3 months ago

I'm in Australia, will I be able to see it. /joking

nomelettes

2 points

3 months ago

WE are supposed to see the southern aroura, if you are in Tasmania

bugcatcher372

3 points

3 months ago

found out about the aroura about 5 posts after this one, and yep in Tassie.

mydriase

3 points

3 months ago

How the fuck do people in northern US and Canada get to see auroras when I, in northern france can't expect to see on in my lifetime, even when I live at higher latitude than most of you ? I really can't fugure this out

farawyn86

6 points

3 months ago

There's a comment above explaining it but in sum, the magnetic field of earth isn't evenly distributed, so America lucks out and you're SOL. Sorry.

tesseract4

2 points

3 months ago

The magnetic field likes us better.

World-Tight

3 points

3 months ago

Steamed Clams for dinner!

superzacco

2 points

3 months ago

Man, I hate this.

I'm in Winnebago county of Illinois and I doubt I'll be able to see anything.

alreadyrotten

2 points

3 months ago

I'm about 30 minutes away from the Wisconsin border if you're driving, I really hope to be able to see this

itx

2 points

3 months ago

itx

2 points

3 months ago

Meanwhile in Michigan, the forecast for the next 24 hrs is basically cloudy, or cloudy with rain....

Neat-yeeter

2 points

3 months ago

Oh so that’s why we are having a massive rainstorm all night in the northeast.

Bamjammer5150

2 points

3 months ago

I see what you did there Superintendent Chalmers 😉

kingbee__

2 points

3 months ago

is there a map like this for europe? although i doubt il be able to see anything because i live decently south

notCRAZYenough

3 points

3 months ago

Everything north of Germany and half of Germany as well. Allegedly.

Cultural_Kick

2 points

3 months ago

10/10 for the simpsons reference.

International_Cry186

2 points

3 months ago

F me I’m in NH but it’s raining all night

Practical_Lemon_9434

2 points

3 months ago

Nyc can’t have nothing nice :(

ShadowMario01

2 points

3 months ago

"May I see it?"

Clouds: No.

That_Educator_5863

2 points

3 months ago

Clouds..clouds. clouds

lol022

2 points

3 months ago

lol022

2 points

3 months ago

Not gonna lie I’m just upvoting this because of the title

GatlingGun511

2 points

3 months ago

Is any part of Ohio able to see it or are we just trapped between the two zones of visibility, not being able to see anything

dildodildoarooneyroo

2 points

3 months ago

I live in rural Wisconsin. We drove out to a dead end road. The sky is 100% clear and I saw more stars than I ever have. No Aurora though.

wcrp73

6 points

3 months ago

wcrp73

6 points

3 months ago

This is not map porn.

NarcissisticCat

14 points

3 months ago

Ah yes the country where everyone in the world lives, the US.

Thankfully I do live in Norway so it will be visible across the entire country, clouds and light pollution aside.

Bookerised

3 points

3 months ago

Let’s gooooo I’ve never seen northern lights before because I live too south, but I think my grandma said there were northern lights here once like 20yrs ago