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Published January 24, 2012, 07:08 PM

Northern Lights sighting possible tonight in Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We may be in for a spectacular light show tonight. There is a good chance we will see the Northern Lights.

We may be in for a spectacular light show tonight. There is a good chance we will see the Northern Lights.

On Sunday a large solar eruption was detected on the sun. This sent a mass of solar particles out into space. Tonight as the earth encounters these particles they will interact with our magnetic field creating the Northern lights.

Matt Craig – MSUM Physics Professor: “We have charged particles hitting the molecules in the earth atmosphere, exciting them giving them energy and when they give up that energy they emit the light.”

The solar storms that produce the northern lights are becoming easier to identify with technology and more eyes in the sky. This is where you can help. The website http://www.solarstormwatch.com is looking for help from the public.

You can sign up as volunteer they have you go through some training videos then you can start looking at videos from these satellites trying to identify these storms.

Tonight though you will just need your eyes outside for the show. Of course it doesn't matter how brilliant the aurora is because if we don't have a clear sky we're not going to see it.

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