A solar flare that occurred on April 11 may throw enough enough radiation at the Earth to allow for the Aurora Borealis to be visible in Southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic Saturday night. The timing of the arrival of the solar flare will be critical in determining whether the Northern Lights are visible. The flare was estimated as a 6-8 on the Kp index. That puts the northern Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England in the region that could see the lights.
Of course, the biggest factor is the weather. The sky is expected to be partly cloudy in Southern New England, which means that the Aurora could be visible. It’s best to get as far away from city light as possible. There will not be a bright moon in the sky, and that should help to the viewing if the Aurora is visible. There is no set time for when the lights may be visible, but, typically some of the best viewing is between 10pm-2am.
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