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Northern lights might be visible low on the horizon both tonight and tomorrow night!
Published Friday, October 14, 2016 12:21PM ADT
Last Updated Friday, October 14, 2016 12:30PM ADT
It was overcast last night so you probably didn’t notice the moon. Tonight’s sky will be clear, so have a look. The moon won’t be quite full yet, but close. The moon is officially full very early Sunday morning.
October’s full moon was traditionally known as the Full Hunter's Moon, since it marked a great time to go hunting to gather food ahead of the northern winter, but it has a few other names too! You might know it as the Full Blood Moon or even the Drying Grass Moon.
Here’s a little Full Moon refresher:
The moon is a sphere that travels once around Earth every 27.3 days. It also takes about 27 days for the moon to rotate on its axis. That means the moon always shows us the same face; there is no single "dark side" of the moon. As the moon revolves around Earth, it is illuminated from varying angles by the sun; what you see when you look at the moon is reflected sunlight. On average, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day, which means sometimes it rises during daylight and other times during nighttime hours.
If the sky is clear, you will see the moon tonight, I guarantee it! Something else will be taking place in the night sky, but it comes with no guarantees: the northern lights.
According to the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Auroral activity will be high tonight and tomorrow night. Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible low on the horizon in a line that connects Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston and Halifax.
PS: the map is generated at the University in Alaska; I don't know why they've chopped off Newfoundland!
Bundle up and head outside!