As of late April this year, citizens of Saskatchewan and other northern parts of the world could expect more sightings of the famous aurora borealis.
Aurors are the result of solar wind interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field. The various beautiful colors that people see are the reactions of charged particles from the sun interacting with other elements in the atmosphere. Green and red lights generally come from reactions with oxygen, while the rare sight of purple is actually due to the presence of nitrogen.
The increase is also related to the sun’s solar cycle, during which changes in its magnetic field lead to increased activity on the sun’s surface (while at the same time the magnetic poles are switched). These activities include the appearance of sunspots as well as an increase in solar wind activity.
To date, the current solar cycle is already four years away from reaching the solar maximum (when the sun is more or less covered with sunspots). On the other hand, it has been suggested that this solar cycle could even move prematurely.
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Best places to see them in the Saskatchewan sky
Plus, those who’ve always wanted to see the aurora borealis don’t have to look far like Saskatchewan. Reports and reports from photographers confirm that the most recent sightings of the Northern Lights have been seen in almost every location outside of the cities.
For those new to town, some of the best types of vacation spots include:
Mountain Trails – Whether you take the Meewasin Valley Trails or hike anywhere further north of town, these trails provide a great opportunity to take in the mountain scenery on a hike while the aurora shimmers above.
Docks – If you’d rather relax by the river, it is a good idea to visit some of the spots along the Fon du Lac River. The reflection of the aurora on the surface of the water is truly an unforgettable sight.
Summit – If you want something a little more adventurous, you can climb all the way to the next snow-capped peak. This brings you way closer to the aurora borealis than most people (but you definitely need to be prepared).
Open Fields – North of Saskatoon City, there are many wide open spaces that people go out to see the Aurors. If you just want to see one after a long drive out of town, these places are perfect.
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Aurora borealis in other parts of the world
Of course, there are plenty of other places in the world where the northern lights are a crazy addition to the landscape.
For example, a recent photo shows a Northern Lights event taking place right over a volcanic eruption in Iceland! In Greenland, photographers come from afar to capture the sight of the aurors soaring over the icebergs.
And with the sun predicting that more activity will mean more of these sights, the next few years could be a great opportunity for Northern Lights hunters.
Also read: Mars has beautiful aurors that are visible to the naked eye, confirms NASA [Pictures]
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