If your back yard is in Massachusetts you might want to spend some time in it this Wednesday night! An X 1.2 Solar Flare may have Massachusetts residents seeing the aurora borealis, better known as northern lights, overnight Wednesday January 8th into Thursday January 9th! Don't forget your camera, and share your findings with us, we will post what we get!
The X 1.2 Solar flare sent highly charged electromagnetic particles directly at the earth Tuesday. The X-class solar flare kicked up enough solar radiation to cancel Orbital Sciences’ launch scheduled for Wednesday. Orbital Sciences was set for the International Space Station Commercial Resupply Services Mission, ORB-1, but has, tentatively, moved the launch date to Thursday. Though this posses no risk to humans it can interfere with orbiting satellites and communication systems.
Let your friends know about this rare night sky, and send you photos and comment to us, we will share them later this week!
Updates, answering your questions.
The best viewing time will be the predawn hours. Look to the North, and find an open space like the beach or a field for best viewing conditions. The entire Northern Hemisphere will have a chance to view the lights dependent on local weather conditions.