Oklahoma Could See Northern Lights On December 1
The northern lights could spread across Oklahoma this week!
It's not often that Oklahomans get a glimpse of the northern lights, but we may get a glimpse of them to kick off December.
According to the Washington Post, Recent explosions on the sun have unleashed four busts of plasma from the sun's corona and are headed towards Earth. These CMEs (coronal mass ejections) will trigger a strong geomagnetic storm resulting in aurora visible in the northern United States and Europe starting Thursday night and through Friday morning.
The northern lights are typically visible in the northern parts of the United States and don't often trickle down to us down south. But this week, the northern lights could be seen in Oklahoma, and possibly into Texas!
Seeing the northern lights is a rare opportunity for Oklahoma!
Oklahomans are no stranger to pretty colors in the sky thanks to Oklahoma's breathtaking sunsets and sunrises. But we're not used to seeing those hues of pink, purple and orange at night! That could all be possible late Thursday night and early Friday morning this week.
The last time Oklahoma got a glimpse of the northern lights was in April of this year. Except only those right at the Oklahoma and Kansas border could see the lights clearly. But with this week's northern lights opportunity, it's possible that Oklahomans all across the state could see the lights!
What's the best way to see the northern lights?
Of course, Oklahomans aren't used to searching for the northern lights. So what's the best way to view them? Nordicvisitor.com has tips for people visiting the Nordics wanting to see the northern lights, but there are a few suggestions for the best viewing of the northern lights that could be helpful to Oklahomans.
- Get Out of Town - If you already live in the Oklahoma countryside, you're in the best place to see the northern lights! But if you live in one of Oklahoma's bigger cities, you may have to journey to the country to get the best glimpse of the lights.
- Check the Forecast - Oklahoma is slated to get a lot of rain Thursday, and clouds could obstruct the view of the northern lights. So hopefully all the clouds clear out by early Friday!
- Stay Up Late - We already knew this one was coming. Oklahomans probably won't be able to see the northern lights until well after midnights as the northern lights most likely appear at the darkest and coldest times of the night.
- Be Patient - The northern lights don't run on a schedule! So you may be starring at the night sky for a few hours.
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