Check out the map above. It shows a strip of land across the USA that might be able to see and photograph the famous aurora borealis during the night this week. You can chalk up the impromptu sky show to some solar activity that’s currently affecting the night sky.
For much of the country, at least here on the east coast, it comes at a great time because it’s actually warm out. Typically, seeing the aurora down here happens when it’s extremely cold, so even if you go out and don’t see anything, there’s not much risk involved.
If you’re looking for tips on shooting, it’s a lot like other night sky photography in that you’re going to want a longer exposure (anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds, but it really depends on your technique) with a high ISO and a wide aperture. Breathtaking aurora photos usually take a little editing to get that pop, so don’t be discouraged if they don’t look crazy brilliant out of the camera.