Will it be possible to see the northern lights, a.k.a. Aurora Borealis, in Vancouver this weekend?

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      Summer can be ideal for star-gazing. That is, if you're not living in an area of the province shrouded by smoke from forest fires.

      But this weekend might also offer an opportunity for Lower Mainlanders to see the northern lights, which are also called Aurora Borealis.

      These are the dancing lights seen in the skies above the northern and southern hemispheres. The phenomenon is created by "collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere", according to the Northern Lights Centre website.

      NASA's three-day forecast shows that the Northern Lights will be visible at night in much of B.C., though it gets a bit sketchier in the southwestern section of the province. (See image below.)

      If you can find locations without a lot of street light, such as Spanish Banks or the top of Burnaby Mountain, you might get a better view.

      For more information on the northern lights and to see the viewing opportunities over a three-day period, go to the NASA site.