Northern Lights May be Visible This Weekend over Maine

Northern Lights dance over the PT Farms barn on US Rt. 1 in Presque Isle in June 2015

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights may be visible in parts of Maine this weekend, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Assuming a cloud-free night, the atmospheric phenomenon may be visible along the northern border of the U.S. from Washington to Maine on Saturday and Sunday. The peak is expected on Sunday with 6kp possible, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

Northern Lights are the result of electrons colliding with the Earth’s atmosphere, propelling the atoms to higher energy states. When they fall back to lower states, the energy is released in the form of light, similar to the way a neon light works, according to the NOAA. The storm aligns with the new moon, making for a darker night sky and better viewing conditions.

Check out this aurora map from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute to see if you are in for some northern lights viewing this weekend!