Observers in Central Nebraska may have a chance to see the illusive Aurora Borealis also known as the Northern Lights. They are rare from Central Nebraska, indeed all of Nebraska. However, the Sun has been very active this week.
The sunspot known as AR1429 has hurled at least two major X-class flares (the strongest type) and both could at least partially hit the Earth. The Moon will also be at full tonight which may hinder our view of these dancing curtains of colored lights, but you never really know till it happens.
So, go outside tonight if it is relatively clear, (dark skies are best) awhile after it turns dark around 8:30 p.m. CST and see if you notice any slowly moving curtains of shimmering multicolored lights. Normally the best time to see the aurora is around midnight or later but they have been seen much earlier too.
Good luck! If you don’t see anything tonight, there is always another night.
Click on the video below to watch the solar flare that cause the Aurora Borealis.