This winter, astronomy enthusiasts and nature lovers should expect the most stunning northern lights display in two decades, according to studies. It promises to be an exciting spectacle.
The aurora borealis, sometimes referred to as the northern lights, is a spectacular natural phenomenon that captivates people all over the world by painting the night sky with vibrant hues.
What Do Scientists Predict?
Scientists forecast the best displays of the Northern Lights in 20 years, and southern England has already witnessed them, so this winter is going to be a blockbuster year for watching the Aurora.
The sun is expected to reach its “solar maximum,” or the apex of its roughly 11-year activity cycle.
After the lowest solar maximum in a century occurred in December 2019, there is a great deal of anticipation for the upcoming one.
It occurred after the northern lights, which extended as far south as Stonehenge over the weekend, illuminated a large portion of the UK and Ireland.
Scientist studying space physics at Tromsø Geophysical Observatory, a division of the Arctic University of Norway (UiT), Njål Gulbrandsen, stated, “I expect there to be more aurora activity than there has been in the last 20 years.”
More solar storms have occurred as the sun gets closer to its zenith, which has increased the amount of Aurora visible farther south than usual.
“The reason the activity is increasing significantly right now is primarily due to this 11-year solar cycle,” he continued.
The fact that the previous solar cycle was weak is another aspect, so the current level of activity may be the highest it has been in over 20 years.
When Can People Watch The Northern Lights?
From January through October of 2024, bringing with it breathtaking displays of auroras.
Where In Europe Can The Northern Lights Be Seen?
The breathtaking auroras will be on display in Europe’s southern regions as well as in the lower polar regions.
Which Are The Best Areas To See The Auroras?
Northern Norway, the northern sections of Finland and Sweden, Iceland, the northern US and Canada, and the southern portion of Greenland are typically the finest places to see the northern lights, which are produced when a large number of particles from the sun travel towards Earth.
However, the auroral oval widens during the solar maximum, making it visible in parts of Europe.
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