Written by Sally Severson, CNN
Thousands of people will gather at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, on Sunday to witness the glittering light display of Aurora Borealis, also known as the northern lights.
The community is hosting its annual viewing party as part of the International Arctic and Antarctic Foundation’s (IAAF) Beyond Arctic Voyage — a week-long Arctic science tour hosted by The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
“Everybody knows it’s an amazing show,” said Eunice DeWitt, a spokesperson for Beyond Arctic Voyage, told CNN. “It really brings North Carolina to life.”
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Beyond Arctic Voyage kicked off on May 12 with science discussions on climate change, geomagnetic storms and polar dynamics in Whittier City, Alaska.
Programming will be updated throughout the week with readings from climate and magnetic satellites, and footage from cameras positioned in polar regions. A range of public programs will be held across the whole tour, and the public can also join scientific teams on the ground.
Sunday’s event in Blowing Rock is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and/or a picnic. The park is located at 50 miles north of the state capital, Raleigh.