Have You Seen The Light? Aurora Borealis Natures Symphony of Lights

November 24th, 2015 in Camping in the Yukon

One of the most unforgettable things you can do when you visit Northern Canada is stay for the world's greatest light-show. Known as the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, this dazzling display of lights in the sky is like nothing you've ever seen before.

The beautiful colors of the aurora borealis resemble a dancing curtain of light as they sweep across the skies. The most common color you will see is a pale yellowish-green. These ethereal lights also appear as arcs, shooting rays, and scattered clouds of light.

What Causes the Northern Lights?
This beautiful light display originates in the solar system, and it all stems from gaseous particles which are discharged from the sun, some 150 million km away. As these particles travel toward the earth, they are ultimately drawn to the north and south poles. Once these gaseous particles pass through the earth's magnetic field, they begin to combine with atoms and other molecules, including nitrogen. It is these elements that result in the colorful emergence of colors which seem to float in the night sky. Most often, the colors you will see with an aurora borealis are pink, green, yellow, violet and blue. When the particles collide with oxygen, you get yellow and green colors. When the particles collide with nitrogen, there are more red and violet colors.

When and Where Can They be Seen?
The northern lights are present to see as the winter solstice nears, so pack your bags and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime event. You won't want to miss this light-show. Because one of the very best places to see the aurora borealis lights is in northern Canada.

Any way you see them, the Northern Lights are simply spectacular. They truly are nature displaying its colorful side. Since the winter months that are the best time to view the Northern Lights, what are you waiting for?