Aurora Borealis

The most beautiful lights

About the Aurora Borealis

What is the actual cause of the Aurora Borealis?: When charged particles from the sun strike atoms in the earths atmosphere, they cause electrons and in the atoms to move to a higher energy state. When the electrons drop back to a lower energy state, they release a photon or light. This process create the beautiful Northern Lights.

Best Place To See Them?: Auroras occur near the magnetic pole of the earth. So the closer you are to the poles, the more chances you will have to see them. That is why Northern Scandinavia and Iceland are usually the favorite spots for aurora viewers

More About The Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis is named after the Roman Goddess of Dawn. Another name for the Aurora Borealis is also called The Northern Lights. The best time to see the Northern Lights is called Magnetic midnight.

The View of The Northern Lights

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What's the difference between the Aurora Borealis and the Aurora Austrails?

Borealis = Northern

Austrails = Southern

Those are the only differences between the two.

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How could someone forecast these?

Amateur space weather enthusiasts in the North can quickly learn how to make a prediction simply by monitoring a few key websites, and by adjusting global predictions with the actual observations made above or near your community.

The different Colors On The Northern Lights

The aurora is caused by the interaction of high energy particles that are usually electrons with neutral atoms in earth's upper atmosphere.
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By: Marley Bartlett