Northern Lights May Be Seen As Far South As NJ This Month: Here's Why

NEW JERSEY — Holes in Earth’s magnetic field could cause more frequent aurora borealis, or northern lights, displays throughout this month. They may even be seen as far south as New Jersey and beyond, where the ethereal displays are uncommon, but not unheard of.

Space weather forecasters expect March to be the best month in two decades to see the curtains of mostly green but also pink, purple and red that normally are confined to areas around Earth’s North Pole.

When conditions are right, the phenomenon can be seen as far south as Florida and Arizona, Business Insider reports.

There are a couple of reasons March could be an opportunity for more Americans to see the northern lights.

One is that solar activity, which plays a crucial role in the appearance of northern lights, ramps up around the time of the seasonal equinoxes (the vernal, or spring, equinox is on Tuesday, March 19). Historically, March has seen more auroras than any other month, although October, the first full month after the autumnal, or fall, equinox, is a close second, according to a NASA study of 75 years worth of data.

Aurora borealis over snowy mountains, frozen sea coast, reflection in water at night. Lofoten islands, Norway. Northern lights. Winter landscape with polar lights, ice in water. Starry sky with aurora

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