FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) ▬ The aurora borealis better known as the norther lights is on everyone’s bucket list. Sunday night September 1, 2019 could be your chance to cross it off the list.
The aurora is according to an article by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, ” A luminous glow seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. The light is caused by collisions between electrically charged particles streaming out from the sun in the solar wind that enter Earth’s atmosphere and collide with molecules and atoms of gas, primarily oxygen and nitrogen.”
The viewing conditions on Sunday night are coming together in our favor. Dark and clear skies are what is needed to see them. The forecast is currently calling for partly cloudy skies. Would be best if it was completely clear but it won’t stop viewing conditions all together. The new moon starts August 30 meaning there will only be a small crescent in the sky September 1. What is even better is that the moon will set at 9:59 p.m. in Fort Wayne. Leaving the skies darker for better viewing of the aurora.
Once you get away from all the light pollution from cities and towns give your eyes 15 minutes to adjust to the dark skies. No looking at your bright phone screen either. Look north and hopefully the lights will show themselves to you. Traveling north into Michigan would increase the likely hood of seeing the lights. The aurora could be seen as far south as Indianapolis very low in the horizon looking north. Typically midnight to 4 a.m. is the best time to view the lights.