Your chances of seeing the Northern Lights in New York are skyrocketing in the next few months.

Aurora Borealis drastically increased in 2023 and scientists said the next year and a half could bring the strongest Northern Lights activity of the past 20 years.

Solar activity is expected to increase from spring and into the fall creating more chances to see the Northern Lights from more places, including New York.

Night Sky Stars Clouds Northern Lights mirrored

What Are Aurora Borealis?

The Northern Lights are caused by the interaction between the sun’s solar winds and Earth’s magnetic field, according to the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center.

“Aurora is the name given to the glow or light produced when electrons from space flow down Earth’s magnetic field and collide with atoms and molecules of the upper atmosphere in a ring or oval centered on the magnetic pole of Earth."

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Credit - Kurt Gardner
Credit - Kurt Gardner

When is the Best Time to View?

The best time to view the lights is usually within an hour or two of midnight. So, sometime between 10 PM and 2 AM.

The Space Weather Prediction Center suggests finding a dark place away from city lights to see the prism of floating color.

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Credit - Shane Muckey
Credit - Shane Muckey

When to See

Charles Deehr, a professor emeritus, and aurora forecaster at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute, says you'll need a little patience too.

If the activity is high, the lights can last about a half hour and occur every two hours.

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Credit - Patrick Bly Photography
Credit - Patrick Bly Photography

More Lights in March & April

'Tis the season for Northern Lights. Meteorologist Eric Snitil says the Auroras love spring and fall equinoxes.

March and April could bring us some of the best light displays of the year.

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Northern Lights From Home

You can see the Northern Lights without leaving your house.

The Canadian Space Agency has a live camera of the skies above Yellowknife, one of the best places to see the spectacular light show.

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The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center has a 30-minute forecast you can check to see when the Northern Lights will be visible.

Several photographers have captured the beauty of Mother Nature, lighting up the New York sky, over the past few years. Take a look at their stunning work.

Photographer Captures Stunning Northern Lights In Old Forge

It's not really common to see northern lights in Central New York, but photographer Kurt Gardner captured the beautiful conformation of them near Old Forge.

Gallery Credit: Credit - Polly McAdams

Bronx Photographer Captures Magnificent Milky Way in Adirondacks

A photographer from the Bronx who often makes it up to the Adirondacks, captured a magnificent photo of the Milky Way that has gone viral.

Gallery Credit: Credit - Polly McAdams

Stunning Photos Of Powerful Northern Lights In The Adirondacks

A solar storm hit Earth and brought with it a spectacular light show visible as far south as New York. In the Adirondacks, one photographer captured all of the magic. 

Meet Patrick Bly. He's the man responsible for these amazing photos of the Northern Lights in the Adirondacks. 

Gallery Credit: Kaylin

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