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Be on lookout for northern lights tonight

A spectator watches the aurora borealis rise above the Alaska Range, Sept. 3, 2006, in Denali National Park, Alaska. A Web site is taking some of the guesswork out of determining when the northern lights are going to put on their spectacular show. The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has revamped its Web site for aurora borealis watchers, offering daily, extended and long-term forecasts. (Associated Press)
A spectator watches the aurora borealis rise above the Alaska Range, Sept. 3, 2006, in Denali National Park, Alaska. A Web site is taking some of the guesswork out of determining when the northern lights are going to put on their spectacular show. The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has revamped its Web site for aurora borealis watchers, offering daily, extended and long-term forecasts. (Associated Press)

SKY WATCHING -- A big solar flare -- perhaps the biggest in five years -- combined with a chance for clear skies over much of the region, could offer up a rare chance to see the northern lights in the few hours before dawn on Thursday and maybe Thursday night.

Also, there' a chance your GPS unit may not perform accurately tomorrow, scientists say.

See the New York Post story.

Here is a forecasting tool that updates every 2 minutes!




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