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Lights - Aurora Borealis
NORTHERN LIGHTS - AURORA BOREALIS
Dancing spirits in
the sky or forewarning of doom. The aurora (lights) borealis (north)
have fascinated, thrilled and frightened people through time.
Of course science tells us that the aurora borealis is caused
by ions emitted from the sun (solar wind) colliding with gases
in the atmosphere to produce colours which can be seen in the
northern regions but this makes them no less spectacular.
scientific explanation click here
and for the current auroral oval here.
for aurora predictions with email alerts.
From what I can gather the Northern Lights are cyclical and coincide
with solar activity which is in an active phase every 10 years
or so (around 2011 - 2012 being an active phase).
websites seem to be worth looking at every so often as they report
any sightings. More sightings mean more chances of future sightings.
The further north you go increases your chances and being further
away from artificial lights also makes viewing better.
are interested in coming up to see the Northern Lights, Pentland
Lodge House does a special deal that includes refreshments
for the night watch and late breakfasts next day.