Northern Lights May Be Visible Thursday Evening

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- As we're thawing out from the bitter cold temperatures, we may get lucky and see the shimmering northern lights for the next couple days.

The sun shot out a strong solar flare late Tuesday, which is expected to arrive at Earth early Thursday. It should shake up Earth's magnetic field and expand the Aurora Borealis down through Minnesota and Wisconsin. The phenomenon may be visible as far south as Colorado and central Illinois. The best chance of viewing the lights will most likely be Thursday evening.

Much of Canada and the northern fringes of the U.S. should be able to see the northern lights. Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, Seattle and Des Moines might see the shimmering colors low on the horizon.

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