Michigan Northern Lights | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan
When and where can I see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis in Michigan?
Is there a Northern Lights forecast or an Aurora Borealis Forecast? Can you see the northern lights Michigan tonight?
Hopefully we can help you see the light ;)
The Aurora Borealis (“Northern Lights”) are brilliantly colorful night-time lights that are located above the Earth’s magnetic poles in the northern and southern hemispheres.
Since I'm not a scientist, let's refer to the Space Weather Prediction Center:
They say, "the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are the result of electrons colliding with Earth’s upper atmosphere.
The electrons are energized through acceleration processes in the downwind tail (night side) of the magnetosphere and at lower altitudes along auroral field lines.
The accelerated electrons follow the magnetic field of Earth down to the Polar Regions where they collide with oxygen and nitrogen atoms and molecules in Earth’s upper atmosphere.
The best place to observe the aurora is under an oval shaped region between the north and south latitudes of about 60 and 75 degrees.
At these polar latitudes, the aurora can be observed more than half of the nights of a given year."
To see if you have a chance of seeing the northern lights in Michigan tonight, we recommend using the Ovation Aurora Forecast at the Space Weather Prediction Center.
Then click the "play" button.
This is a 30 minute northern lights forecast Michigan. It's kind of a northern lights tracker and a great resource to determine your probability of seeing the Aurora borealis northern lights in your location.
I use it to see my chances of seeing the northern lights tonight.
This is a short-term forecast of the location and intensity of the aurora. It provides a 30 to 90 minute forecast of the location and intensity of the aurora.
So you can check this to see the up to date Northern Lights Michigan forecast and your chance of seeing the northern lights tonight.
The two maps on the northern lights map show the North and South poles of Earth respectively. The brightness and location of the aurora is typically shown as a green oval centered on Earth’s magnetic pole.
The green ovals turn red when the aurora is forecasted to be more intense. The sunlit side of Earth is indicated by the lighter blue of the ocean and the lighter color of the continents.
Also grab their Northern Lights 3 Day Forecast.
So, Michigan is generally in the G=1, Kp=5 zone (kp3 is low, kp 9 is very high) so we are right in the middle for magnetic energy (the Upper Peninsula is even better).
The best time to see the Michigan northern lights is when geomagnetic activity is low, the aurora typically is located, in the hours around midnight, at about 67 degrees magnetic latitude.
The cool thing is, Michigan (or the UP) is around 57 Geomagnetic Latitude!
The night must also be clear and free of light pollution to see the Michigan aurora borealis.
What is the best time to see northern light in Michigan?
Best time of year: August through April—October, November, and April being peak months.
Watch the forecasts after 10 p.m. for the best probability of seeing the Northern Lights.
Wondering where can you see the Northern Lights in Michigan tonight?
In general, you are more likely to see an aurora if you are at a high latitude, i.e. closer to the north (or south) pole.
Since light pollution can seriously limit your visibility, we recommend visiting Dark Sky Parks.
Where is the best place in Michigan to see the northern lights?
Since Michigan's Upper Peninsula offers more open sky and less light pollution, it is the perfect spot for aurora sighting.
Remember...find the the darkest spot you can.
Chris (the traveling hubby) highly recommends Houghton in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, as this is where he grew up and has seen several spectacular Aurora Borealis lights in this region.
Check out McLain State Park or Breakers Beach in Houghton.
If you are searching for the northern lights forecast Marquette Michigan or the northern lights forecast Houghton, just remember to use the Northern Lights 3 Day Forecast.
It's your best chance of seeing northern lights tonight.
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