Look up: Northern lights to dip into the Midwest

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Since they are called the "Northern Lights", I will let you guess which direction to look, should we get our chance!

Mr Moore explained that a dark sky will be needed to see the lights clearly, but advised the public to keep an eye out on Saturday night.

Further north, in the Scottish Highlands, or east, in Dundee and Aberdeen, the sky is likely to be clearer. When these occur and head toward Earth, they can interfere with our planet's magnetosphere, thus creating the northern lights.

The blast caused a large cloud of charged particles - a coronal mass ejection - that will hit the Earth's magnetic field as part of the storm.

For Pittsburgh to see the Northern Lights, we need to see a 7 or 8 register on this index.

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Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, may be visible in the skies over Ireland this weekend.

She added that the likelihood of seeing it depends on the weather with chances increased by being in Scotland.

In the UK, The Met Office's Space account tweeted: "CME forecast to arrive late 23rd March following C5 flare from sunspot AR2736".

The aurora is likely to extend through the state of MI and Wisconsin into northern IL. Active-minor geomagnetic storm periods possible with low risk of moderate storms. The farther north you head in IN, the better opportunity you'll have to see it. "This will pair with completely clear skies", wrote meteorologist Joe Charlevoix on Twitter.

The forecast for Glasgow and Edinburgh doesn't bode well for those keen to see the lights, although cloud could break long enough to catch a glimpse.

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