The Northern Lights

northern-lightsAlso called the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights light up the sky in the northern hemisphere and for good reason, because it is the interaction of the light of sun’s flares that interact with the North Pole’s magnetic field which causes the Northern Lights to display.

The lights can shine in a variety of ways, depending upon how strong the flares are and how much visibility there is in the atmosphere at any particular moment. Usually green shapes of light appear, but sometimes a mixture of violet may come through as well.

Like watching a rainbow, one minute it’s there and the next it’s gone, but with the Aurora Borealis, this on and off display is continuous; however, patience is recommended. You may not see the lights for days and then they will appear. It is suggested if you want to see the Northern Lights, make plans to be there for at least a week, possibly two.
The lights can be viewed from any number of places in the north, from North-West Canada to Norway. Bring a good camera and know how to take night pictures. For professional photographers, this is a photographer’s dream!

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