Northern Lights encore possible in West Michigan this weekend

Aurora Borealis Northern Lights near Reed City
The Aurora Borealis near Reed City Sept. 1, 2016. (ReportIt/Jason Noel)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Star gazers may be in for an extra treat: experts say the Northern Lights show that lit up West Michigan’s sky Thursday night could have encore performances this weekend.

Auroras were reported at both ends of the earth, including this display which danced across the night sky near Reed City around 9:45 p.m. Thursday. Jason Noel told 24 Hour News 8 he heard there might be some space weather activity so he jumped into his car with his wife and dog and headed to their “secret field” to watch.

Northern Lights Aurora Borealis near Reed City
The Aurora Borealis near Reed City on Sept. 1, 2016. (ReportIt/Jason Noel)

Mike Gady from East Jordan also captured Thursday’s Aurora Borealis on camera from Boyne City:


Northern Lights Aurora Borealis over Boyne City
The Northern Lights display over Boyne City on Aug. 1, 2016. (ReportIt/Michael Gady)

If you missed Thursday’s show, no worries: experts say there’s a chance for more Northern Lights displays on Friday and Saturday nights. credits a solar wind hitting Earth’s magnetic field for the G-2 class geomagnetic storms that spawned the auroras.

Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Terri DeBoer expects a clear sky in West Michigan Friday night, providing great viewing potential. Star gazers should head to a rural area with minimal light pollution for the best view.

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