Look up: The northern lights may be visible tonight

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:20 PM ET

Many in Canada might get a chance to glimpse the northern lights Thursday night, U.S. researchers say.

Aurora forecasters are predicting "high auroral activity" Thursday night and Friday morning.

A large, Earth-facing solar flare on Jan. 7 sent particles into space, which cannot harm people, but will "affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground and make for some nice aurora," the researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute said.

Weather permitting, the northern lights will be visible in Yellowknife, Calgary, Edmonton, all of Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, northern Ontario and as far south as the north part of North Dakota and Minnesota.

People in Halifax will also have a chance to see the auroras if the conditions are right.


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