Parts of the U.S. -- including Kansas -- could see the Northern Lights this weekend.

The Space Weather Prediction Center says a severe solar storm could trigger colorful auroras as far south as Alabama.

At least five coronal mass ejections have been directed toward Earth. These explosions of plasma and magnetic fields from the sun's corona create the storm and have the potential to generate the Northern Lights when they arrive sometime Friday evening and overnight.

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KARE reports the best time to look will be soon after dark this Friday evening, but auroras could last through Saturday night. For the best chance at seeing the aurora borealis, get away from city lights, let your eyes adjust, and look toward the northern horizon. 


If strong enough, geomagnetic storms could impact infrastructure, potentially disrupting communications, the electric power grid, navigation, radio and satellite operations.