Seeing the Northern Lights in action is on a lot of Bucket Lists. The Northern lights has a magical quality which intrigues so many people and Churchill, in Northern Canada, is one place which offers almost year round opportunities.
The Northern lights are created when charged gas particles, released by the sun, collide with gas particles in our own atmosphere. When this collision occurs the particles release photons (light), billions of particles means a sky full of light. Activity of the Northern lights is therefore dependent on how active the sun is in releasing solar gas, and the amount of time it takes that gas to reach our atmosphere means strength of activity can be predicted quite well. Look out for the Aurora app to guide peak activity times.
We travelled to Churchill in the middle of summer with the expectation it would likely be too light to get a good viewing of the Aurora. However we were delighted when we went out to find a spectacular show on offer. Be prepared to stay up late though; it doesn’t get dark until after midnight so it may be 2 or 3am before it gets really dark.