“Wild, delightful night” will be seen across northern lights, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced tonight.
In a statement, NOAA said it will be the first night for northern lights in more than four decades and it will offer a glimpse of the night sky to the public.
“We’ve been waiting for this moment,” said Jim Doolittle, a retired NOAA scientist who was a scientist at the National Geophysical Data Center in Boulder, Colo.
“We’re hoping for a beautiful night to be here tonight.
This is the first day we’ve seen northern lights from here, and I can’t wait to get out there and see it.”
The Northern Lights Festival takes place every November.
The northern lights are seen when the sun is at its most intense, and are produced by the collision of a large, dark star with a small, red star.
In northern latitudes, they are visible from Alaska to Canada.
The northern lights will become visible in the western skies tonight and are expected to peak over northern Florida early Saturday.
NOAA is urging people to plan ahead, so they can be ready for the lights.
“As we get closer to the night, we are getting closer to seeing the night skies for the very first time since 1978,” said Michael G. Allen, NOAA’s deputy administrator for public affairs.
“Tonight, the sky will be filled with the faintest, brightest light in the sky, the first northern lights seen in more two decades.
It’s going to be truly spectacular.”
The National Weather Service also released its first forecast for the night.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Service said in a news release that the moon will begin to rise at 8:40 p.m.
EDT (1740 GMT) on Saturday.
The moon will be at its lowest point in its orbit when it reaches the horizon at 2:00 a.m., at a distance of about 8,000 miles (12,800 kilometers).