- Partly cloudy
CINCINNATI - People across the Tri-State may be able to view one of nature's most beautiful shows Saturday evening.
The many colors of the Aurora borealis are expected to light up skies from the Arctic and could venture as far south as Indiana and southern Ohio, according to AccuWeather.com .
"The flare is...expected to cause vibrant northern lights...as far south as New York, the Dakotas, Washington and Michigan, with a smaller possibility of it going into Pennsylvania and Iowa, even Kansas," according to the post on AccuWeather.com.
The lights are currently estimated for 8 p.m. EDT Saturday arrival, with a possible deviation of up to seven hours. If the radiation hits much after dark settles on the East Coast the lights may be missed and will instead only be visible for the West.
So, what is the Aurora borealis? The Northern Lights Center describes the natural phenomena:
"The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres."
The Auroral displays appear in many colors including shades of yellow, green, blue, red, violet and blue, but pale green and pink are most common, according to the Northern Lights Center. The lights can appear as patches or scattered clouds of light to shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.
The rare celestial happening is a byproduct of a solar flare that occurred Thursday.
The event was also visible in the Greater Cincinnati area in 2011 .
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