Places you can view the Aurora Borealis

tootsieharveystories By tootsieharveystories, 16th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This is an article about where the best places are to view the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Where to view the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)?

The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the polar regions of the Earth. They can appear as colorful clouds of green, red, or sometimes blue rays that dance across the sky. The aurora borealis and aurora austrailus (Latin for "northern" and "southern" dawn), occur in symmetric ovals centered on the northern and southern magnetic poles of the Earth.

The aurora occurs in a variety of shapes, colors, and structures that can change rapidly over time. Often, the aurora starts of as a single, long arc that stretches across the horizon in an east-west direction. As midnight nears, the arc may start to brighten. Curls and arcs may form along the arc. It may start to look like vertical structures of thin, tall rays of light. This activity may last from a few minutes to several hours.

Time of Day: The aurora is usually only seen at night due to the intensity of light in the aurora is low. Most active and brilliant light displays occur near midnight, between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Season: Winter is the best time to see the aurora in the northern hemisphere.

Prime viewing locations in the northern hemisphere are Fairbanks, Alaska, many locations in northern and middle Canada, and northern parts of Russia and Scandinavia.


NOAA (Content Source);Sjaak Slanina (Topic Editor) "Aurora Borealis". In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published in the Encyclopedia of Earth April 17, 2007; Last revised Date April 17, 2007; Retrieved November 16, 2010 <>


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author avatar Denise O
17th Nov 2010 (#)

I just know it has to be a splended sight to behold.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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18th Nov 2010 (#)

Thank you!

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