Rare Aurora Borealis Viewing Opportunity in Central Indiana Tonight Amid Solar Storm

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Indianapolis, IN – Residents of Central Indiana are in for a visual treat as the Space Weather Prediction Center has extended a geomagnetic storm watch through May 12, 2024. The forecast anticipates severe to extreme solar storm activity, which could enable onlookers to witness the aurora borealis, a rare sight this far south. Ideal viewing conditions are predicted tonight with very low sky coverage and no precipitation expected. Temperatures will range from 48°F to 63°F during prime viewing times from late evening to early morning.

According to the US National Weather Service in Indianapolis, the solar storm could also disrupt GPS signals, affect radio communications, and cause unusual behaviors in power grids. Residents are advised to view the auroras away from city lights, looking towards the north and east, and to use long exposure settings on cameras to capture the phenomenon. More information on the solar storm and tips for aurora viewing can be found at SWPC.NOAA.GOV.

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