I have lived out here in North Dakota now for over 9 years...

...and every time I hear about the "Northern Lights" my first instinct is to kick myself for never having taken the opportunity to see them. I know what some people will say "Well can you see them here in the city?" - that thought occurred to me as well. My excuse was always the lazy one, for you see from what I have heard, simply get away from all the city lights and you may be in for quite a show. The Northern Lights vary per year and from all the experiences relayed to me all have one thing in common - MAGIC

So the closest I have come to the Northern Lights was listening to a friend of mine on the phone this afternoon

His name is Tim Schwister, he lives in Wisconsin. I asked him if he remembered the very first time he saw the Northern Lights - "I was about 10 years old, I had no idea what I was looking at - completely perplexed. I wanted to know how this magic worked..." I would like to know the very same thing.

Electrically charged particles are the superstars of this event 

Just try and remember that when this happens before your eyes - according to hurtigruten.com "The Northern Lights are caused by electrically charged particles entering the Earth’s upper atmosphere at a very high speed. Known as the solar wind, these particles originate from the Sun, which is constantly emitting waves of particles that travel between 300 and 500 km per second in all directions"

So now that we are all pumped up, The Northern Lights are expected to be putting on a show across several U.S. States this week!

Here is some more quick info:

"The Space Weather Prediction Center says the best time to view the aurora is usually between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. local time." says the npr.org   -- You can actually keep an eye on the best place or places to head to watch the Northern Lights - This page provides a prediction of the aurora’s visibility tonight and tomorrow night in the charts below.

My conversation with Tim this afternoon summed it up perfectly...

"You can be as technical as you want in your brain about the Northern Lights, but when it happens in front of you, the awe-inspiring beauty will blow you away"  - I'm pretty sure this should inspire you to break away from watching Netflix and make a run to view something you will never forget the rest of your life. Thank you, Tim!

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