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When will the Northern Lights be visible in Colorado this weekend?

May 10, 2024, 4:47 PM | Updated: May 15, 2024, 3:57 pm

ALTA, NORWAY - MARCH 28:  A general view of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights near Road 93 bet...

ALTA, NORWAY - MARCH 28: A general view of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights near Road 93 between Kautokeino and Alta on March 28, 2017 in Finnmark, Norway. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

When will the Northern Lights be visible in Colorado this weekend?

Every once in awhile you can see the northern lights from Colorado and the next few nights happen to be one of those times.

The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center issued a G4 Severe Geomagnetic Storm Watch for Friday through Sunday (May 10-12), the first time an advisory of that magnitude has been issued since January 2005.

“This is an unusual event,” the Space Weather Prediction Center said in its advisory, adding the phenomenon causing atoms in the upper atmosphere to glow green and gray.

Northern Colorado is on the edge of the area that is likely to see a visible aurora borealis on the horizon. But it was hard to predict, and experts stressed it would not be the dramatic curtains of color normally associated with the northern lights, but more like splashes of greenish hues.

 

Whether parts of northern Colorado could see the northern lights depends on if clouds clear to create clear skies. The best potential to spot the aurora borealis is further north and east in the state.

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When will the Northern Lights be visible in Colorado this weekend?