Updated: Feb 6
Auroras are difficult to predict with precision. They have stops and starts (known as sub-storms). If you are out there, you need to be patient and lucky. Here are some tools that will increase your chances.
Super, super darkness. It is not just about low light. It is important to remember the widest part of the aurora is when the sun is on the opposite side of the earth. So late night time (or early morning) dark tends to be best. But you also want few competing light sources, so get away from the city lights and let your eyes adjust to the darkness. The further away from those earth based light sources the better for seeing the northern lights. Full moons can also effect visual because they increase ambient light and darkness is best for viewing. The darker the moon, the better.
THE ISSUE WITH SEEING THE AURORA:
Let's say two months from now the aurora is flaring up in your area -- the sky is ablaze with greens, violets and reds -- but instead of watching it, you're home sitting on the couch.
Why? Because you simply didn't know about it.
That's one of the problems with seeing the Aurora. It doesn’t run on a schedule. Often auroras happen with only 30 minutes warning.
That's why it's important to have a partner watching out for it for you. Someone who will watch the aurora data, then, notify you immediately when the conditions are right for your area.
If you're serious about experiencing the aurora, let us help. We are constantly keeping up with the sun and it's forcast so we can keep you up to date with the best aurora viewing times. We are the aurora specialists! We will help you get that incredible aurora picture to take home and show your friends and family.
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