Depending on how our planet’s magnetic field is oriented at the time of impact we may get a better than average chance of seeing a light show in the skies above. According to reports on Spaceweather.com, scientists are forecasting at least a 30% chance of auroras occuring in higher latitude skies and around a 20% chance for mid-latitudes. That means folks around the Arctic Circle will have the best hope of seeing something but if you live in darker areas outside of more southern cities you may have a chance .Our ability to predict these displays is still in its infancy and we just are not sure how intense the CME will be when it gets here – so it may very well be worth taking a peek outside.
When to look up? Best time to see auroras is usually around local midnight when the sky gets its darkest. Face the northern sky and look low towards the horizon – that’s where you might see the first hints of a ghostly glow. If it ends up being an intense display then a larger portion of the sky may get enveloped with colours of orange, pink and purple curtains waving in the overhead sky.
Also you might want to try and take a photo of the auroras. All you need is a standard DSLR digital camera that allows you to adjust your exposure rate manually anywhere from 5 to 20 seconds. Set the camera up on a tripod with an ASA around 400 and timer for 2 to 10 seconds between shots so that you have a steady photo without any shaking.
While there are no guarantees we will see somthing – the only way to know for sure is to go outside and look for yourself. Clear Skies!