SWEETWATER COUNTY — Some parts of Wyoming may have the chance to see the Aurora Borealis tonight, according to the United States National Weather Service (NWS) Riverton Office.
According to NWS meteorologist Chris Hattings, the best possibility of witnessing the Aurora Borealis will be between 8-10 p.m. by looking to the north. Whether or not Sweetwater County residents will see the Aurora Borealis all depends on how far south it will go.
Hattings said in a video release this morning that a Coronal Mass Ejection occurred about a day ago and because the sun is 93 million miles away it takes a little time to reach the Earth. This ejection is expected to reach Wyoming in the evening hours tonight. These types of ejections can potentially cause a “strong Geomagnetic Storm,” which is what leads to visibility of the Borealis.
While the chance may be slim for Sweetwater County, it still wouldn’t hurt to look to the north tonight between 8-10 p.m.
For all the details about when, where, and the best places to be for Aurora Borealis visibility, watch the video below.