The Northern Lights are shining on the U.S. for Labor Day weekend


This Labor Day weekend brings some great views of the Northern Lights or aurora borealis. The aurora is usually more visible between September and April. That’s when the skies are dark enough for the eerie atmospheric lights to show up.

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According to forecasters at the Geophysical Institute in Fairbanks at the University of Alaska the aurora borealis lights are “turned on” for the 2022 Labor Day weekend. And will be visible in parts of the U.S. until Monday, Sept. 5. The light show will peak after sundown from Saturday into Sunday morning.

Depending on the local weather the aurora will be visible overhead from Helena, Montana, to Minneapolis, Minnesota and throughout Wisconsin and Michigan. 

The light show will also be visible lower on the horizon as far south as Boise, Idaho; Salem, Oregon; and Cheyenne, Wyoming. They can be seen in Nebraska; Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri; and throughout Indiana. And on the east coast Annapolis, Maryland may catch the beautiful light show.

Far northern locales that experience the midnight sun, or 24 hours of daylight in the summer can only see the spectacle starting in September. And the best views occur between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. local times.