Finally a silver lining in this week of endless snow! Even though winter sucks, there is still some beauty that can be found in all this mess and you may know it as the northern lights.
Every Canadian knows what Aurora Borealis is, but few have actually witnessed it, myself included. You can't go your whole life without seeing the northern lights. Luckily, this week is your chance to finally see nature's masterpiece.
For all of this week, but specifically on March 17 and 18, Aurora Borealis will be visible in the night sky and Saturday's New Moon will make viewing conditions even better.
Here's where the aurora will be visible from:
Know that you have to be patient; this is kind of like a game of hide-and-seek. You have to search the sky and wait for it to appear, you can't just wait for it to get dark and expect the sky over Montreal to light up.
That being said, if you really want to see something spectacular, you should take a little road trip up North. All the light pollution in the city will make it pretty difficult to see. They're called the "northern" lights for a reason.
You can keep tabs on the situation by checking out this Aurora Forecast Model. The Space Weather Prediction Center updates it every 30 minutes, so you're not going to miss anything.
There's a reason why Aurora is coming out this week. Though people are freaking out and saying that we're going to have a huge solar storm, according to the weather network, this phenomenon is simply being caused by something called "equinox cracks".
We are close to the March equinox, which means we have more intense geomagnetic activity. Basically, the Earth's geomagnetic is slightly disturbed and so the solar wind stream is crossing the planet faster than before.
It isn't that big of a deal, but what it gives us is really freaking awesome. This pattern is semi-annual; it usually happens around the equinoxes. You know what that means? We can predict when the northern lights are going to pop out.