If the government says there is a good chance of witnessing the Northern Lights above Tri-Cities Sunday night, I'll bank on the smart folks running the USA.

The National Weather Service says Tri-Cities could witness moderate geometric storm conditions Sunday night as the Columbia Basin is on the southern cusp of a band of northern lights viewing. Prime viewing conditions are between the yellow and green lines on the above map.

Early Friday morning, a large cloud of plasma and magnetic field called a coronal mass ejection erupted from the sun and should move past the Earth this weekend.

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All of Washington state and southern Canada are most likely to see an aurora borealis Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Happy gazing!