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A Beginner's Guide To The Northern Lights

Each aurora display is unique: their intensity, the colours, the duration, and how the lights shift and dance will vary every time. I've seen the auroras mostly as sinuous green shapes. But they might appear as horizontal bands, or as vertical spikes; and depending on your own eyes and where you are in the world, you might see any colours of the rainbow. The show might last anywhere from a few minutes to pretty much all night.
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A Beginner's Guide To The Northern Lights

Each aurora display is unique: their intensity, the colours, the duration, and how the lights shift and dance will vary every time. I've seen the auroras mostly as sinuous green shapes. But they might appear as horizontal bands, or as vertical spikes; and depending on your own eyes and where you are in the world, you might see any colours of the rainbow. The show might last anywhere from a few minutes to pretty much all night.
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Where, When And How To Catch The Northern Lights This Year

The phenomena of the aurora borealis (northern lights) and aurora australis (southern lights) have mesmerized humanity since the first sightings hundreds of years ago. The aurora borealis and aurora australis are the result of electrons colliding roughly 80 to 480 kilometres above the Earth's surface, guided by Earth's magnetic field to form two ovals roughly centred at the globe's magnetic poles.