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Will the Northern Lights be visible Friday night?

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Photo of the Northern Lights north of Liberty Lake from KHQ viewer Travis in 2013. Photo of the Northern Lights north of Liberty Lake from KHQ viewer Travis in 2013.
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SPOKANE, Wash. - We've had a lot of viewers calling in asking about viewing the Northern Lights Friday night. 

Solar flares directed at Earth should put on quite the dazzling light display for the northern part of the country, depending on cloud cover of course. 

We asked KHQ Meteorologist Dave Law where the best place to view them in our area, and he said the farther north outside of the city the better. Folks up near and north of the Canadian border should be in for a treat. Experts say another viewing obstacle being presented is the fact that we just came out of a supermoon, meaning the light from the moon should still be strong, possibly dulling the effect.

The latest flare is ranked as an X-class, or the highest class for a solar flare. The flare should put on quite a show for those who can see it, but it could also have adverse effects on GPS, radio frequencies and cell phone and satellite reception as well. Solar flares create auroras when the radiation from the sun reaches Earth and interacts with the charged protons in the atmosphere. The closer you are to the magnetic poles, the better the viewing. 

In the northern hemisphere, the lights are referred to as aurora borealis, and in the southern hemisphere, they are known as aurora australis. 

Send in your photos of the northern lights to newstips@khq.com or post them on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KHQLocalNews

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