Aurora – Polar Lights or Northern Lights

Aurora is natural lights display in the Earth’s sky is also called Polar Lights or Northern Lights. These lights are natural and collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere.

Auroral displays appear in many colors however pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet also have been seen. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.

Where is the best place to see the northern lights?

Northern Lights can be seen in the northern or southern hemisphere, in an irregularly shaped oval centred over each magnetic pole. The lights are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora australis’ in the south. Below is places list …

  • Alaska: View Northern Lights in the USA
  • Denmark: Visit Remote Norwegian Sea Islands.
  • Scotland: Watch the Sky for a Weather Break.
  • Canada: Go North of the Border for Great Views.
  • Greenland: Experience Great Auroras All Over.
  • Finland: Listen for Your Aurora Alarm.
  • Iceland: Explore Beyond Reykjavik’s City Lights.

When is the Best Time to See the Northern Lights?

 

Winter in the north is generally a good season to view lights. Northern Light is cyclic, peaking roughly every 11 years. The northern lights are visible under dark skies preferably under a clear, cloudless sky in September to April. Generally the best time of night (under a clear, cloudless sky) to watch for northern lights is local midnight.

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