YONKERS, N.Y. – A celestial display of neon lights may be headed to the northeast Saturday night.
A powerful solar flare erupted from the sun on Thursday, creating a display of vibrant yellow, red, green and purple lights that may be visible from Westchester and Fairfield counties, according to Accuweather.com.
The flare effects, known as Northern Flare, are traveling towards earth at 1000 kilometers per second. They are currently estimated to light up the region’s sky around 8 p.m., with a possible deviation of up to seven hours.
Solar flares are caused when radiation from the sun reaches Earth and interacts with charged protons in our atmosphere, according to Accuweather astronomers.
The result, they said, is a spectacular display of light and color for much of the east coast and parts of the country as far west as Michigan.
Unfortunately, nothing is guaranteed.
“If the radiation hits much after dark settles on the East Coast the lights may be missed and will instead only be visible for the West,” Accuweather reported.
The flare effects, however, may bring some minor inconveniences such as radio wave disturbances, causing cell phones, GPS and radios, to occasionally cut in and out, Accuweather.com reports.