You Might Be Able to See the Northern Lights in Milwaukee This Week

The glimmering lights will be present for a brief period of time this week.

Grab a blanket and curl up outside to see the northern lights in Milwaukee this Tuesday and Wednesday.

The lights will be visible in the early dawn with the highest likelihood of visibility from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., according to meteorologists at WISN 12 Weather

Unfotunately, due to light pollution, heading to a location with fewer city lights will help to better see this beautiful light show, also called the aurora borealis. 

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The vibrant displays of the northern lights won’t just be visible in Milwaukee, it’s predicted that they can be seen all the way from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to southeastern Wisconsin. The further north you go, the better chance you’ll have of seeing the display.

The northern lights are usually only visible in Wisconsin about twice a year, according to the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

Just like the name indicates, when looking for the northern lights, look north. 

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Allie is an Editorial Intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a senior at UW-Milwaukee studying Creative Writing and Journalism. You can follow her on Instagram at @alliehabck