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Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 9:37 AM


I saw Lisap369's new avatar and it reminded me that I'd been meaning to ask...who has seen the Northern Lights?
Where' s the best place to go to see that and at what time of the year?

I would love to experience them

Donleigh  (Level: 155.1 - Posts: 5397)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 12:08 PM

Walking home from work at midnight through the winter, I just look north on a clear night and there they are. Gorgeous green lights dancing across the sky. Even now as fall starts, they are beginning to show in Alaska and the Yukon.
If you want to see them, you'll have to be in a northern State in the prairies during the winter or go to Alaska at this time of year.
They are not to be missed, if you have the chance.

Oldcougar  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 3:43 AM

I've seen them from Ladysmith on a hot August night. One of the few times when the word awesome is an understatement

Salzypat  (Level: 161.2 - Posts: 5412)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 4:51 AM

I haven't seen true Northern Lights since I was a little're right, awesome is not adequate to describe it.

You have to get away from city lights.

Every year there is a Star Party in Valentine Nebraska. Actually its probably 30 miles south of Valentine, way out in desolate country where you can't find a city light for miles and miles. People from all over come to watch the night skies because the view is so clear

Surreyman  (Level: 272.0 - Posts: 2771)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 6:10 AM

In the UK they can sometimes be seen from northern Scotland, apparently. But we really need to get into northern Norway, within the Arctic Circle. A TV programme a few nights ago showed an unbelievable display from there.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:20 AM

I live about an hour north of Toronto. I've seen them while standing in my driveway

I've also seen them in Muskoka.. one time was especially wonderous as I was on a camping trip with my kids and we layed on the beach and watched them for hours with my daughter who had never seen them. She was 10 yrs old and it was an amazing show. I couldn't have asked for anything better for her first time seeing them.

Spacecat  (Level: 164.3 - Posts: 673)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 3:45 PM

The most beautiful display was one cold moonless cloudless night outside of Quebec City near Val Belair. The most massive was at sea off the coast of Alaska it was a curtain of light that stretched from one side of he horizon to the other.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 7:32 PM

Donleigh mentioned winter - are they viewable all year round? Just best during the winter? Every night (barring cloud cover)?

Donleigh  (Level: 155.1 - Posts: 5397)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:24 PM

They start to show up September - October and March - April. They are the result of solar winds and sun spot activity. Heavy solar storms result in more and brighter activity. If you keep an eye on when there's more solar flares and sun spots, you will then see an increase in frequency for up to three years - lots of time to plan a vacation.
If you want a big trip, this same info goes for the Aurora Australis in the southern hemisphere. A trip to Australia or Argentina and you can see the lights.

Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Wed, 17th Sep '08 10:54 AM

I've been looking for an excuse to visit Australia ....

Stellamirus  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 56)
Wed, 24th Sep '08 6:16 PM

I live in central Pennsylvania and have seen them many times. "THEY" say the Northern Lights shouldn't be visible this far south but, believe me, they are.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 24th Sep '08 11:23 PM

Nah - they've even been seen in Houston, TX before.

My son saw them when he was in the Marines doing NATO war games in Iceland. Mesmerizing. He was ready to live there forever.

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