Stargazers in the northern tier of the United States could be in for a treat Friday night

Aurora Borealis activity is expected to increase late Friday, peaking early Saturday as the energy from a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) hits the Earths magnetic field

The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) issued a geomagnetic storm watch at a level G1 for Friday night, and G2 for early Saturday

Energy from a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) that occurred on July 21st is expected to hit the Earth starting late Friday, intensifying into the early morning on July 23rd

The darkest skies, away from light pollution, will make for ideal viewing conditions, but the waning crescent moon could cause issues

Cloud cover could be an issue across portions of the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains. But many in the viewing aurora should have clear to mostly clear skies

The strength of the storm has the potential to drive the aurora further away from its normal polar residence and if other factors come together

"Impacts to our technology from a G3 storm are generally nominal," the Space Weather Prediction Center said