Expert: Northern lights should be visible in Iowa

DES MOINES – An astronomer says the northern lights should be visible to central Iowans on Thursday night.

Iowa State professor Charles Kerton said people who want to see the northern lights need to get away from city lights and look north.

The arctic phenomenon should be visible because a flare shot from a large sunspot on Tuesday. Kerton says the flare caused particles to be thrown toward Earth. He says the particles should cause Earth’s magnetic field to become distorted and pushed down to lower latitudes.

Kerton says the distortion should let central Iowans see the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis.