Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis in Akureyri
Aurora Borealis in Akureyri
Scientists predict a solar peak that will boost the chances of witnessing the Northern Lights this December.

Telegraph news said in there news the 6th of August that Aurora Borealis should be the "best for a decade".

Senior NASA scientists have predicted that the current period of solar maximum activity will reach a new peak in December – affording travelers to the far north the best possible conditions for seeing the Northern Lights in the next decade.

The intensity and frequency of Northern Lights activity is governed by a solar cycle that lasts for 11 years and the point of a “solar flip” is the one at which the conditions for viewing the lights (also known as the aurora borealis) would be at their best.

The current period of solar maximum activity has already had one peak – towards the end of 2011/early 2012 – and for the past two winters there have been reports of spectacular sightings involving the full range of colours associated with the phenomenon.

With the second peak now coming at the end of this year, strong sightings are set to continue this winter and into the winter of 2014/2015.

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