Northern Lights in Montana? Here Are The Best Places to Watch
Montana is one of several states that could possibly get a spectacular view of the Northern Lights this week. The weather forecast is predicting clear skies for much of the week throughout the state, so if everything goes as planned, Montanans could be in for quite the show.
The Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, could be visible in up to 17 states, including Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Idaho later this week according to a solar storm forecast from the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geological Institute. With a Kp 6 forecasted for Thursday, the show could become very bright and active.
Many Montanans were excited to witness the natural phenomenon earlier this year and shared pictures on social media. Personally, I thought I was being abducted by aliens the first time I saw them near Bear Canyon just east of Bozeman. Click here to learn a few fun facts about the Northern Lights.
What Causes the Aurora Borealis?
Here is a video that explains the science behind the Aurora Borealis.
Where Are The Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Montana?
If you want to get the best view, you need to get as far away from city lights as you can. It needs to be as dark as possible. Places like Glacier National Park and the Hiline in Montana are great options due to the fact that there aren't any major cities nearby. Helena is expected to be a great option, according to ABC News.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center (NOAA) says the best times for viewing are between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.