Why the Northern Lights were something of a disappointment in New England

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If you were anticipating a spectacular display of the Northern Lights Sunday night into Monday morning, chances are, you were disappointed.

A strong solar storm happened last week, and that energy will make it possible to see the Northern Lights tonight.

According to the SWPC, Sunday Night, from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m., seems to be the best bet for Northern Lights viewing.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a moderate geomagnetic storm watch for July 16 and 17. This explosion produced what scientists call a "coronal mass ejection (CME)" and it is headed straight for our planet.

When the sun has a coronal mass ejection, it can send a large wave of particles or electrons to the Earth's magnetic field. However, with scattered showers and storms forecasted, it will be hard it see.

You'll improve your chances even more if you're out of the Boise area, meteorologists with the National Weather Service told the Statesman.

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That puts northern New England in the crosshairs for a potentially colorful display on Sunday and Monday night.

How can you see them best?

The good news is the latest update from NOAA is that areas between 5 and 7 on the Kp index are likely to see the extent of the aurora. "It's just going to be a nice view of the Northern Lights".

Experts advise looking north in dark, clear skies.

Stargazers may have the opportunity to look up and see the northern lights this weekend.

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