Northern lights may be visible across Wisconsin Monday night

MADISON (WKOW) – If you look up at the sky Monday night and early Tuesday, you will have a pretty good chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.

Officials at the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) say a geomagnetic storm could be visible for much of the northern U.S., including right here in Wisconsin.

The SWPC says the best time for viewing will be from 10 pm Monday night to 4 am early Tuesday. And better yet we will have clear skies, allowing for the best shot of seeing them. 

The Northern Lights occur when electrically charged particles collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere, creating a dazzling display of green-colored light across the sky.

Make sure to get away from light pollution and go to rural areas with a wide-open horizon. Tips for photographers: use a tripod, have your camera on a long exposure setting, remove all filters and set your focus to ‘infinity.’ 

If you get a shot, send it to us at and we might use it in our newscast.



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