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The best places to see the northern lights

The best places to see the northern lights are Alaska and northern Canada, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. During periods of particularly active solar flares, the lights can be seen in Scotland and northern England.

Winter is usually the best time to see the northern lights, due to lower levels of light pollution. September, October, March, and April are some of the best months to view the aurora borealis. Agencies such as NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issue aurora alerts when the displays are expected to be very impressive.

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The northern lights, or aurora borealis

The northern lights, or aurora borealis

The magnetic fields of the sun distort and twist as the Earth rotates on its axis. When these fields become knotted together, they create sunspots. Usually, these sunspots occur in pairs.

As the temperature on the surface of the sun rises and falls, the sun boils and bubbles. Particles esc...

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The display of colors

The colours of a aurora boralis are pink, green, yellow, blue, violet, and occasionally orange and white.

  • When the particles mix with oxygen, yellow and green are produced.
  • When the particles interact with nitrogen, red, violet, and blue colours are produce...

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Auroras on other worlds

Auroras also occur on planets such as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. These gas giants have thick atmospheres and strong magnetic fields. These auroras are a little different from Earth's as they are formed under different conditions.

Venus has an aurora generated by its magnetotail....

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Cycles and particles

Northern lights occur roughly every eleven years. Record-keeping of the sun's activity began in 1749. Since then, there have been 22 full cycles.

Particles ejected from the sun travel 93 million miles toward Earth before they are drawn toward the magnetic north and south poles. As the par...

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