March 15, 2013; 8:25 PM
An Earth-Directed coronal mass ejection (CME) occurred during the early morning hours Friday.
The resulting solar flare was pointed directly at the United States for a duration of nearly two hours, according to Hunter Outten. Outten is a contributing forecaster for the AccuWeather Astronomy page.
"The CME is pretty strong and is coming pretty quick," said Outten. An intense Northern Lights show will cover a large part of the northern U.S.
"The lights could be visible for the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and everywhere northward," said Outten.
The lights may be visible as soon as 4 p.m. EDT Saturday. "The best time to look for them will be around midnight," said Outten. "The states in the northernmost U.S. may be able to see them all night long."
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