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The northern lights returned to parts of the country on Friday evening

The northern lights returned to parts of the country on Friday evening

In certain parts of Canada, residents who missed the northern lights in mid-May could have another chance to view the spectacle, this time at more moderate intensity, Friday night into Saturday.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States, the chances of seeing this phenomenon will be high in northern Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, the Prairies and British Columbia, as well as for residents of the three Canadian regions. province.

Residents in the southwestern provinces and in central Quebec and Ontario will have a lower likelihood of having these night lights. In big cities like Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, the chances are slim.

Probability of observing the aurora borealis during the night from Friday to Saturday, ranked from low (green) to high (red)

Image: NOAA

The northern lights are formed when charged particles from the Sun collide with gases in the Earth's upper atmosphere.

However, it is difficult to predict whether this phenomenon will actually occur. Solar flares, it's hard to predict when they'll happen, and even when they do happen, it's hard to predict when they'll hit the Earth's atmosphere“, explains Valdir da Cruz, Radio-Canada meteorologist.

Return of sunspots

Earlier this month, a sunspot, an area bound by an intense magnetic field, gave rise to a series of solar flares, including the most intense flare in 20 years. The northern lights were visible on the evening of May 10, even in southern cities such as Montreal.