Rare 'northern lights display' may light up Pittsburgh skies tonight

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With a prediction of partly cloudy skies tonight, there's a chance that folks in the region may be able to view a rare "northern lights display."

Hunter Outten, an astronomer for AccuWeather.com, said that the effects of a solar flare that happened at about 2 a.m. Thursday could result in the light display, known as aurora borealis, according to KDKA.

The website says 8 p.m. is the expected time to see the display, but that the East Coast could miss the lights if they occur too long after the sky goes dark and the time estimation could vary by as much as seven hours.

Still, weather maps place most of Pennsylvania -- and what looks like most of the Pittsburgh area -- in the "good" viewing area for the aurora.

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