Fun Fact 2 The Northern Lights are not visible all the time but when
they do appear, they are often sighted within the Arctic Circle,
approximately more than 80 kilometres from the surface of the Earth.
Fun Fact 3: There are certain times of the year when you are more likely
to witness the Northern Lights. This is when the greatest solar winds
occur, usually between early September and early March.
Fun Fact 4: The display of Northern Lights is said to be a truly
fantastic experience and very awe inspiring. During the Aurora season
many people visit areas including Alaska, Iceland and Norway for a
holiday vacation, in the hope of catching this amazing natural wonder of
Fun Fact 5: The Northern Lights dance in ribbons and circular patterns
through the sky, shedding spears of lights in wonderful colours which
can be green, blue, purple or red.
Fun Fact 6: People travel for miles and pay a lot of money in hope of
seeing the Northern Lights which are a huge tourist attraction. Some
visitors have to wait weeks before being lucky enough to experience this
Fun Fact 7: Although the beams are usually seen within the Arctic
Circle, they have been spotted in other parts of the world including the
Fun Fact 8: What causes the Northern Lights? The coloured beams are
created by electronically charged particles from the sun which enter the
Earth's atmosphere when solar winds are powerful.
Fun Fact 9: The Earth has its own magnetic field which protects us
against solar winds most of the time. However, sometimes electronic
particles can pass through the atmosphere surrounding our Earth where
the magnetic field is weaker.
Fun Fact 10: There are many myths surrounding the dancing lights of the
Aurora Borealis. Some believe the mystical phenomenon to be a 'Dance of
the Spirits'. There are lots of legends and myths which have been around
Fun Fact 11: The color of the lights depend upon the atmosphere. Green
light is given off high in the atmosphere where as the lower lights at
lower altitudes can be other colours such as blue or purple.
Fun Fact 12: The Northern Lights Oval is the area which provides the
greatest possibility of seeing the Aurora Borealis. This area includes
Alaska, parts of Canada, Norway, Greenland, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
Fun Fact 13: It has to be dark to see the Northern Lights at their
greatest, between the hours of 6pm and 4am are usually the best.
Fun Fact 14: The Northern Lights are not predictable so nobody knows
when the next display of lights is going to be. The weather has a huge
impact on the visibility. The chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis are
higher during the coldest, darkest months of the year on clear days.
Fun Fact 15: Many of the best viewing areas are remote and due to
extreme weather conditions they are inaccessible.