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Six astonishing Northern Lights facts

The Northern Lights is a common name for Aurora Borealis, a breathtaking astronomical phenomena in the Northern Hemisphere. They appear as shafts or curtains of coloured light visible on occasion in the night sky.

Six Northern Lights facts

Always visible

In Northern regions such as Alaska or Greenland, the Northern Lights may be visible most nights of the year. They can occur at any time of the day, but we can’t see them unless it’s dark.

Cave paintings found

Aurora Borealis have been a source of wonder for us for thousands of years. Drawings of the lights have even been found in 30,000 year old cave paintings in France.

All over 60 miles above

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

Common colours

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

They create sounds

Apart from a spectacular visual display, the lights produce faint sounds such as claps, crackles and static sounds. However the aurora noise is so rare that hearing it is probably possible only during times of maximum aurora activity, on on windless night away from other noise sources.

Always different

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


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