While many avid sky gazers are hoping that Saturday night will prove for another celestial showing of the Northern Lights, it's possible that weather conditions could impede visibility. 

Earlier this evening, Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a special air quality statement for Airdrie and the surrounding areas due to wildfire smoke.

"Over a few parts of northeastern Alberta conditions have improved temporarily. Smoke is expected to return on Sunday. Conditions should begin to improve Sunday night for much of the province."

Over northwestern Alberta, conditions are likely to remain poor through Monday or possibly Tuesday. 

According to the website auroraforecast.com, Saturday may see, 'active aurora possible with slight chance of isolated minor auroral substorms and favourable conditions for major aurora activity.' The rating for seeing an aurora is 10/10 on the website's scale.

The Canadian Space Agency, recommends that for those wanting to see the Northern Lights, it's best to choose a location free of light pollution.

"The bright city lights that light up the sky make low-intensity auroras invisible."

Other tips include checking the aurora forecast to find out whether the northern lights will be visible in the sky near you and checking local weather forecasts.

"Clouds, precipitation and the full Moon make it difficult to see the aurora. Look all around you, not only north: auroras may appear anywhere in the sky."

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