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Northern Lights Could Be Visible In Our Area Friday Night

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It's a lot more common way up north but there's a chance that WE could see the northern lights, this weekend. It's a lot more common way up north but there's a chance that WE could see the northern lights, this weekend.
NBCRightNow.com - It's a lot more common way up north but there's a chance that WE could see the northern lights, this weekend.

NBC Right Now met with some of the people at the LIGO Hanford Observatory in Richland Friday. They watch the sky, but they're scanning for something different than lights. They have lasers that try to measure gravitational changes in space.

The experts at LIGO know plenty about how to observe space. We're told a recent large solar storm has hit the earth's atmosphere and that will cause what's called an aurora, which is another term for the northern lights.

"A little bit of elevation would help if you can find it, because that'll put you above kind of the ground level dust and haze that we often experience in the late summer," said Dale Ingram who works at LIGO as Education and Outreach Coordinator.

The best time to look out for the lights wont be until about midnight Friday night. The solar storm is basically a burst of energy from the sun and it's actually the biggest in more than a year.

The people at LIGO are not holding any observations this weekend. They say it's always possible that the aurora doesn't appear. 
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