When and where to find the northern lights ?

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  1. Hahahahahahaha

    Hahahahahahaha Well-Known Member

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    Seeing the northern lights must be a jaw-dropping experience.. I dream of going there this year but not sure if everyone goes there is lucky enough to catch them..

    What i read on the net that there is no guarantee that you can see them and it depends on so many factors...Some weeks, you are treated to fantastic displays and other times the northern lights simply stay away.

    They say the best time to go is late autumn and winter/early spring..

    Do we have any mates from Norway here ? Or anyone who has done that or has knowledge about it? I will appreciate advices on when and where to find the northern lights..

    http://www.56thparallel.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Northern-Lights-Winter.jpg
     
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    Thank God for the northern lights because, if we didn't have them that would mean the earth's magnetic field has collapsed and the end result would be (solar flares/radiation) from the sun getting past that protective barrier and killing everyone on earth. So not only are the northern lights beautiful but, they are an extreme comfort as well.
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Goes where?

    It is more a function of how ionized the atmosphere is than where you go...
     
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    HOT TUBES 70 Well-Known Member

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    We see them all the time here in Canada ... Their amazing to see if you get a chance , you won't believe your eyes !
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    We generally always see them after a major solar event here in VT as well...
     
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    One of a plethora of natural phenomena that I miss, in exile from the home that adopted me.
    Late 1950s, they were insane. They are the closest thing to a great acid trip you can ever experience, unaltered.
    ;>)/
     
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    They can get really good in Northern MN, if you get away from the city lights.
     
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    Every once in a while you can see it as far south as I live, in Seattle. I have personally never seen it. Your best bet is as far north as you can get. From what I've read, it's very hard to predict. You sort of need to be in the right place at the right time. There are some internet resources out there if you look around.
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Not hard to predict at all.

    1. Wait for major solar event.
    2. Drive north at dusk.
    3. Enjoy.
     
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    Hahahahahahaha Well-Known Member

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    Himmm.. I was pretty much asking for Norway really ... It is closer :)
     
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    This^ :yesway:
     
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    I don't see them here in Ontario, but in Alberta they were amazing. Fall did seem to be the best time. The farther north you go, and the farthest away from city lights...the better they are.

    Lots of memories of setting up goose decoys or heading to my deer stand while the sky danced.
     
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    What an amazing picture... Out in the bush of the northern prairies, where a man can find... or loss himself. :yesway:
     
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    ...I've seen them in green, blue, and once RED!

    The only sight more inspiring and impactful, was the first time I saw a female naked.
     
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    Southern lights are an option too...

    In the far South of New Zealand...
    I have not spent time in the south, have not seen the lights, but they are there.
     
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    :D You can see them occasionally here in Michigan, but you need to be faced NORTH....


    :D:D TWIN
     
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    Well those particles with voltage from the sun burn the ozone and it's gone. so the next time the new charge particles arrive here the ozone is burnt and there's nothing to stand in the way.
    it literally is 'fire in the sky'.

    so if you see something then it's actual fire AND the electrons being knocked off atoms and they fall to earth and HIT YOU looking up at them. ;)

    all of antarctica has NO ozone above it. it's all gone! burned away. :(
    sometimes the arura is seen as far down as thailand. NO joke!
    so that means all of the world is in the watchable zone.
    If you're seeing it then you're getting covered in it too ;)

    Have you seen the vids of what the particles do to satelites?

    I saw one of the unique lightnings last night. it was the lightning with the tiny flashes of white light but they only last for half a second. I've forgotten the name of this special rare lightning.
    there's no rain and only a tiny amount of thunder. maybe once in 10minutes. but the flashes are once every 40seconds.
     
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    I think what the OP is asking about is how the NL look in Norway. :shrug:
     
  20. The Ozzk

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    That's discrimination against other northern lights :squint:
     
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