(KTEN) – The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a Severe Geomagnetic Storm Watch for Friday night, the first watch of its kind since 2005.

 

Extreme geomagnetic storm conditions have already been observed on the other side of the globe, making this the first extreme geomagnetic storm since October of 2003. Impacts to power grids, radio communications, GPS, and internet are possible.

 

Austria is one of the many places observing beautiful colors in the sky.

 

As the sun goes down on our side of Earth, the Northern Lights will likely be viewed across a majority of the northern United States.

Who could see the Northern Lights Friday night

 

Texomans might be able to see the Northern Lights with a high exposure camera pointed toward the northern horizon. The best way to view the Northern Lights is to have clear skies, which is in the forecast tonight, and to get far away from any light pollution.

The Northern Lights are formed by the charged particles being released from the Sun interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere. The charged particles enter the Earth’s atmosphere where Earth’s magnetic field is weakest (at the poles) and collide with several other molecules in the atmosphere to produce the bright, beautiful colors we know as the Northern Lights.

Explaining the Northern Lights

 

So break out those cameras and get ready for a wonderful show!