Wisconsinites may be hard pressed to see the fantastic light show- known as the aurora borealis- behind all the cloud cover this week.
Director of the U-W Madison Space Place Jim Lattis says when we see the northern lights, we are actually seeing molecules of our atmosphere.
“These are essentially beams of breezes, if you will, of electrons that are sweeping across our atmosphere from out in space and they can move very, very fast,” said Lattis.
The northern lights can commonly be seen around the time of an equinox. The first day of fall was on September 22.
If you’d like to see the light show, Lattis suggests getting out of the city lights, find a clear sky and look to the north around midnight to dawn.
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