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When is the best time to see the Northern Lights? An Expert’s View.

When fully qualified and dauntingly clever people such as Jyrki Manninen, Deputy Director of the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory in Finnish Lapland comment on the prospects for the new Aurora season, our ears prick up and we listen.

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An article in the Finnish press on 31 August 2021 asked Manninen for his expert opinion on one of, if not the most, asked questions regarding the Aurora Borealis. 

When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

Here is what he had to say;

"This (Autumn) is the best time in terms of solar activity," Manninen said. "For example, this last weekend in August has been great for seeing the Northern Lights, at least according to forecasts and measuring devices.”

“As long as there is no snow and the ground is dark, the most beautiful Northern Lights can be seen then, because the contrast is at its best.”

The images accompanying this blog were captured yesterday in Torassieppi, on the very first day of September. Believe it or not, the forecast is even better for tonight! With displays such as this, it would be a brave person who doubts Manninen’s wise words.

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Solar Activity is Increasing

The article also mentions that The Sun is on the upward curve of its current Solar Cycle and that solar activity is on the increase. It also points out that “solar winds tend to be at their strongest during this time of year (Autumn), spreading the solar flares more widely.” 

It is always good to have an expert confirm what we have been saying for years. Quite simply, Autumn is a great time to hunt for the Northern Lights.

The new Northern Lights season is off to an amazing start and there is absolutely no reason why that should not continue.

Happy Aurora hunting folks.

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Click here to view our holidays departing this Autumn or if you prefer to see your Auroras with snow then click here.


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Image credits: Antti Pietikäinen

Read 1622 times Last modified on Friday, 08 October 2021

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