Northern lights: The US could see a rare display this weekend due to a solar storm.

The beauty of the northern lights could be seen as far south as Alabama this weekend as the US was hit by a severe solar storm.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported a rare geomagnetic storm on Friday.

This puts much of the United States within viewing range of the Northern Lights.

However, the effects of the storm may affect GPS systems, power grids, radio operations and satellite navigation.

“This is an unusual and potentially historic event,” Clinton Wallace, director of NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, said in a statement.

According to NOAA, a severe G4 geomagnetic storm is likely to begin on Friday and into the weekend. G4 is the second strongest type of geomagnetic storm.

The storms, which produced a sunspot swarm 16 times the diameter of Earth, are NOAA’s first G4 watch since 2005.

NOAA forecasters observed at least seven coronal mass ejections, or large dispersions of plasma and magnetic fields The outer part of the atmosphere of the Sun. The effects of the removal should reach Earth on Friday and last until Sunday.

Coronal mass ejections cause geomagnetic storms that can affect infrastructure in Earth’s orbit and on its surface.

Storms could produce auroras that could be seen as far south as Alabama and northern California.

Shawn Dahl, service coordinator for NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, told reporters Friday that officials expected a “big shock” when the missiles hit Earth, BBC news partner CBS News reported.

Officials are also not ruling out the possibility that the storms could strengthen and become low-level G5 events.

Northern lights are usually seen at high latitudes on Earth and more likely in areas with limited light pollution.

According to NOAA, the best time to see the Northern Lights in your area is an hour or two after midnight.

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