Northern lights expected to be visible in much of Canada Sunday night

 The northern lights are expected to glimmer over much of Canada Sunday night in a rare display that could reach as far as southwestern Ontario and Vancouver Island.

Files from CTV news reporting the display, also known as Aurora Borealis, would be the result of an unusually large July 14 coronal mass ejection -- a huge explosion of plasma and magnetic field from the sun’s corona -- colliding with the earth’s magnetic field.

According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which provides aurora forecasts, this solar phenomenon could even make the northern lights visible as far south as New England in the U.S. -- well below their usual range.

The NOAA’s three-day aurora forecast shows that the lights should be visible across much of Canada from an hour after sunset until an hour before sunrise.