25 Interesting Facts About Northern Lights You Should Know Before You See Them

Posted by , Updated on September 29, 2014

Officially known as Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are one of nature’s most spectacular visual phenomena. Appearing in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, curtains or shooting rays, the northern lights’ amazing light display can be observed in the sky of high latitude regions such as Norway or Canada. You might know the cause of this natural phenomenon (collision of solar wind and magnetospheric charged particles) but there are many more interesting facts about this unreal spectacle that are worth learning. Here are 25 of them, illustrated with some of the most amazing Northern Lights pictures you have ever seen.

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The further North you are the better the chances of seeing the Northern Lights you have. Therefore, the Arctic is the best spot for watching this phenomenon. In winter, you can see the lights from the Arctic even in the afternoon.

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No two Northern Lights can ever be the same. They are always of different patterns and colors.

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The impressive light display that we see in the sky, seemingly just above our heads, is actually very far away – usually more than 60 miles above Earth. The most distant red lights take place at heights of over 400 miles up in the sky.

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Green is the most common color of all auroras. Then it is pink, a mixture of green and red, followed by pure red, yellow and finally, pure blue.

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During intense solar storms, the Northern Lights become more spectacular and can sometimes be visible as far south as Louisiana, Texas or even Mexico and Cuba.

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