KETIKS.COM – For some people, this natural phenomenon is still foreign and there are many people who do not know it. Between late September and late March, countries located in the north become tourist destinations for those who want to see the northern lights. But what exactly are the northern lights? And how this natural phenomenon can be formed? (Shinehire)


If the colors of the rainbow alone can amaze us, this celestial phenomenon will surely astonished us. Northern lights is a natural phenomenon in the form of pillars of beautiful colorful light. This phenomenon is formed when atoms and molecules in Earth’s outer atmosphere collide with high-energy electrons. This phenomenon occurs approximately 100 kilometers above the earth’s surface.

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This phenomenon, also known as the aurora borealis, doesn’t happen all the time. Like the weather, this phenomenon is quite unpredictable, and can appear and disappear suddenly. The appearance depends on the energy from the sun that produces atoms and molecules, while the location of its occurrence depends on the earth’s magnetic field. But as the name implies, these northern lights only appear in the northern hemisphere.

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The aurora borealis appears as a belt connecting central Alaska and Canada, the southern tip of Greenland and Iceland, and northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The aurora borealis is also most likely to form during cold and dry weather, and also occurs most frequently between late September and late March from 6 PM to 2 AM. Other than that, it’s luck.

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Patience and luck is the key to hunt the northern lights or aurora borealis. Because the aurora borealis will only appear if the time is right and often only lasts a short time. Currently, aurora is reported to have frequent appearances in Lofoten, Troms, and Lyngenfjord, all three of which are in Norway.

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