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Big night forecast for August aurora over NWT


A geomagnetic storm watch could lead to some impressive late summer aurora-viewing in parts of the Northwest Territories on Wednesday night.

Astronomy North, which tracks geomagnetic storm forecasts, said on its website: “Watch for periods of active auroras this evening and overnight, with peak activity expected near midnight.”

The organization estimated an 85-percent chance of overnight aurora viewing late Wednesday into Thursday, with a significant chance of a light show lingering into Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

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The northern lights have already made appearances in the early hours this month as the NWT’s skies darken sufficiently to allow the phenomenon to be seen.

A map on Astronomy North’s website suggests much of Canada could have a shot at seeing the lights on Wednesday night, with NWT residents in the Sahtu and below in with a good chance.

Most parts of the NWT are forecast to enjoy a clear night – the second, vital component of any aurora-viewing experience.

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