Are you absolutely obsessed with the northern lights? Well good, you should be. It's one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the entire world and we are able to see it right here in Canada.
And if you don't know what they are, then it's time to read up on Aurora Borealis and educate yourself. You are definitely going to get interested and want to check it out. I am still dreaming of the day where I kick my own butt to go out and see them. I don't know why I've been putting it off for so long. So maybe I'll finally get to it this week.
Now seeing as the northern lights are completely determined by nature, the weather has a huge influence on when and where these lights can be spotted. So, I'm going to have to talk science for a little bit to make this clear for y'all.
This week's Aurora Borealis is being caused by a huge coronal hole in the sun facing the Earth. Basically what this means is that there's an area on the surface of the sun where the magnetic field is open. So the sun is able to send out a fast stream of charged particles into space which usually causes solar storms. They can sometimes even cause problems for GPS and communications, but that probably won't happen this time.
And when these particles are flying towards the Earth, the planet's magnetic field sends them toward the poles. Finally, when they connect with the atmosphere they create color light displays that we call the northern lights. Okay! Enough of that, now let's talk about what you really want to know.
Tonight's Northern Light show has just started. Looking forward to a green night. Nikon D850 with Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8. #Nikon #astrophotography #NorthernLights #Aurora #norrsken— Göran Strand (@Astrofotografen)
This time around, the aurora will most likely be visible across most of Canada where there is little to no light pollution. You know what that means. You'll probably have to drive out a little bit. But trust me, it's going to be worth it. Seeing the northern lights is an experience you never forget.
But Canada isn't the only place that can expect some aurora borealis sightings this week. This natural beauty may be spotted as far as the northern United States starting tonight. Though they are called the "northern" lights for a reason, you will actually be able to see them pretty far down South. Maine, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the northern Plains.
If the storm goes on longer than expected, then you might even be able to see the lights in upstate New York, Iowa, and Washington!
So, grab your friends and make time in your schedule. These lights won't be here forever, only until the next solar storm. And in case you were curious, here's a map of the best places in Canada to spot the northern lights: