The Best Thing to View the Northern Lights
|January 11, 2014||Posted by under Events|
Presentation of the Northern Lights also known as aurora borealis takes place when solar particles go into the earth’s atmosphere and then collide with the atmosphere. Emission of burning gases occur that give rise to a variety of colored gases (oxygen gives rise to yellow and green colors while nitrogen gas produces a blue color).
You can only experience the northern lights in a dark sky. Throughout the light nights, the Aurora Zone may be present but not visible to the naked eye because the light given out by the aurora is dimmer than sunlight. The recommended time to discover the northern lights is on days when the sky is clear. Some individuals lay claim that the aurora becomes visible when the temperatures are colder. This is not true; it is just that when there is a cloudless sky, temperatures incline to drop.
You can experience the northern lights between 5 pm and 2 am. The aurora does not happen for a long time, they tend to occur for only a few minutes then move effortlessly and smoothly before returning. The best display may happen for not more than half an hour though at times, the aurora may occur for some few hours or longer.
Northern lights is more dynamic near the equinoxes (in march and September), though according to this article in the Telegraph, December is good as well. The best time to hike or travel and still view the northern lights is towards the conclusion of the month of August and the start of September. At this period of the year, the sky is normally dark and there is the presence of snow.
The northern lights are more intense and active near the apex of a sunspot cycle. They are also prominent in about four years immediately after the sunspot cycle peak.
The warning and waxing of the moon has no impact to the northern lights. The northern light is visible at all levels of the cycle of the moon despite the fact that a full moon may lighten the skies and reduce visibility of any display. In fact, viewing the northern lights when there is a full moon is a striking and outstanding sight.
There is no guarantee that you will spot the northern lights but forecast for northern lights is more reliable and accurate as compared to weather forecast. Northern lights forecast match that of planetary magnetic index with a scale of one representing low activity and a scale of nine representing very high activity.