Northern Lights spotted in Iowa tonight

Northern lights possible near the Quad Cities tonight

QUAD CITIES - Have you always wanted to see the Northern Lights?  Tonight could be your night!  The aurora borealis (technical name for Northern lights) has been spotted in several areas around the upper Midwest tonight.  

So far people have seen the wonderful display in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa!  

Pictures are surfacing from Clear Lake, Iowa of the Northern Lights.  

Mother Nature's display often shows up as a greenish glow in the sky, and that's what people have seen early on our Tuesday evening.  

This is a result of some extra energy emitted by the sun reacting in the upper layers of the Earth's atmosphere.  As always, your best chance to see the aurora will be away from city lights.  Look on the Northern horizon and good luck!

It's best to let your eyes adjust to the darkness, and of course look off to the North.  

This attached image comes from The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.  Based on forecast data the aurora would be possible as far South as the green line around the Quad Cities.   

 


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