Have you ever witnessed the Northern Lights? If not, it’s likely to be an experience you’ll never forget. Curtains of green, red and purple lights ripple across the night sky, as if nature were putting on a special light show just for us.
It’s no wonder that in ancient times people thought the Northern Lights signified something ominous. They certainly are out of the ordinary and could seem menacing or foreboding to the uninitiated.
With hindsight, we now know that the aurora borealis are caused by charged particles from the sun reacting with nitrogen and oxygen atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere. This doesn’t take away from the feeling of witnessing a magical event, though.
The Northern Lights are best seen in the countries closest to the North Pole, such as Norway and Finland. Autumn and winter are the best seasons to seem them in. You want a night where the sky is cloudless, the moon is new and you’re as far away from the light pollution of the city as possible. A clear and dark night sky is key.
Our advice his to head out on a few different nights when conditions are right and be prepared to wait a while. The Northern Lights happen frequently but not continuously. This year, your chances of seeing them are higher because it’s a Solar Maximum, which means solar activity is higher than it has been for a decade!guest post