November 18, 2015 12:20 pm

Night sky could bring northern lights, meteors on Wednesday

The night sky could put on a show Wednesday.

Courtesy Dave Patrick

It could be a pretty impressive night across Canada Wednesday.

The Leonid meteor shower reached its peak Tuesday night. Though the peak was forecast to occur on the night of Nov. 17 to 18, you still have a great chance tonight to see some meteors.

READ MORE: Why do we get the northern lights?

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On top of that, the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)  is calling for an increased chance of geomagnetic storms Wednesday, which could bring northern lights, also called aurora borealis, to Canada and the northern U.S. states.

A magnetic filament on the sun erupted on Nov. 15 followed by a coronal mass ejection (CME). CMEs send particles into space that are carried along the solar wind. If these particles reach Earth, they interact with our magnetic field, resulting in geomagnetic storms, which we see as the northern lights.

Though there’s no guarantee, try to head outside to a dark location to catch the show for yourself.

And looking ahead, one of the year’s best meteor showers — the Geminids — will take place next month.

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