Can you see the northern lights in L.A.? Don’t fall for this April Fools’ joke

Will sapphire blue and electric green light swirl over the US Bank Tower and the rest of LA’s city skyline tonight?

A prominent Instagram account, with almost a million followers, claimed that the Northern Lights “will shine bright enough to be seen dancing above Los Angeles tonight”, in a post published on Friday morning.

The post on the account @losangelesbucketlist went on to say, “LA will issue a city regulation for the city skyline to turn off its unnecessary lights at exactly 11:50 p.m.”

If you think LA is about to be adorned with the wonders of the Northern Lights – commonly seen in far northern destinations like Alaska and Norway – check out your calendar.

As many Instagram users realized, the post was a joke to honor April Fools’ Day. “You had me for a second,” commented one user, while another said, “I hate that this is a joke.”

Angelenos are not the only ones being tricked by Bucket Listers, who run @losangelesbucketlist. Similar posts were blown out to the brand’s other accounts, including @chicagobucketlist, @nybucketlist and @miamibucketlist.

Bucket Listers owns the joke at the bottom of an article on its website, which it links to in its Instagram cinema. “This whole article is an April Fool’s joke. But you never know!” It writes Bucket Listers.

The Los Angeles Bucket List post mentions “a Griffith Observatory live stream” of the Northern Lights. Of course, this is not happening.

“I can say with authority that we have no such livestream planned,” Mark Pine, deputy director of the Griffith Observatory, wrote in an email. “If something like this were really visible, the Griffith Observatory would definitely market it.”

But if the joke has made you want an insight into the cosmos, Pine has good news: “We have our monthly All Space Considered broadcast tonight at 19:30 “

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