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On this date in 1883 a great aurora was seen across the northeast. This was near the peak of sunspots during the 1880s, part of the Sun’s 11 year cycle. In the current Sun’s cycle we are also near the maximum number of sunspots, however, it is the lowest peak in a century.  The prospects for auroras is mediocre at the moment.  There is no “best time” of night to view them, but they are slightly more favored near local midnight (1:00 AM EDT).