I have had the amazing pleasure of experiencing the 'Norhtern Lights' many many times. I worked for a drilling contractor in norhtern Alberta, and many nights in the dead cold of winter, it was always a soothing break from the hectic workload. They are a magical sight, and if your lucky they will dance clear across the sky. Nothing I have seen yet, in the sky, can compare. Definately worth checking out.
it's funny to hear that the Northern Lights are a tourist attraction because where i live, you can just step outside on clear nights and look up and probably see them for free...
it's an amazing experience to see them first hand, and still everytime i see them, i get shivers...
Like mentioned above I never thought of them as something people would pay to see... They are kind of "normal" to me But then I gre up seeing them at least three or four times a year.
They are certainly cool to watch. The most recent set I saw was just outside of Saskatoon, they were a solid green - very cool.
I am fairly certain you can see them anywhere, what makes the difference is the magnetic field around the Earth with traps the electrones and pulls them towards the poles. So it's possible to see a light show on the equator.. just not probable.
Solar Ejecta, phrase of the day!
Seen them a gazillion times in the Upper Peninsula...BEAUTIFUL!!
The first time I saw them I was 9 or so....I thought they were ghosts!
Planning to travel to Alta in Norway to see the Aurora (amongst other things) anyone got any advice? I'm thinking Nov/Dec but if anyone might know better, I would be grateful for the advice.
I love in Manitoba, Canada and we can drive anywhere outside the city to see them great. Especially if you head north.
my advise. fly into winnipeg and take via rail to churchill for a few days.
Winnepeg's a bit of a journey from the UK though - flights around the £300-400 mark (not sure what that is in Can$, but it's too much for me with accom!)
ok then take ryan air to norway or sweden and eurail north and see em.
the next time the Aurora will be most prominant is 2012, thats when I shall be heading out to see them. From what I have read they are visible every year but go through cycles, I reckon if Im gonna see them Ill wait till theres a good show
Yeah, it's to do with the Solar Cycle from what I've read. It's an 11 year cycle which is actually going to be at it's low point sometime next year and peaking in 2011. I'm not sure if it makes the show any more dramatic, or simply spreads it around a larger area, but I figure if I fail to se it next year it'll still be a great holiday and I've got 4 years to save up for the big one!