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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Northern Lights May Appear in Skies Over Rhode Island

With clear skies predicted over the state overnight, chances are good that if northern lights result from this week's solar flare, we might be able to see the celestial display.
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A strong solar flare facing the Earth earlier this week may bring us a rare display of aurora borealis, or northern lights, overnight Wednesday into Thursday, according to reports. 

"Anyone in the suburbs of Boston, New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., or Philadelphia has a chance at seeing this," said meteorologist Mark Paquette on the Accuweather website. 

Rhode Island, obviously, is in the geographic region where the lights may be visible. And skies are expected to be clear over the state Wednesday night, giving stargazers a shot at seeing the phenomenon. 

Read more: 
Sun unleashes massive flare, aurora possible in northern skies (Washington Post)