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Did you know that the wonder of the world called the Northern Lights is also known as the Aurora Borealis? It is one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World. Read our facts and info to gain more knowledge about this awesome natural wonder.

Fun Fact 1 The Northern Lights are also known by the name 'Aurora Borealis'. Aurora was the Roman Goddess of the Dawn and Boreas is Greek for north wind.

 

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 the world.

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 phenomenon.

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 United Kingdom.

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 throughout history.

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.

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