To celebrate 10 years of chasing this rare natural phenomenon, I traveled to Alaska near the 65th Parallel — where I can dance with the Aurora in her own neighborhood. The North.
So, you’ve chased the Northern Lights in the U.S. and come home empty-handed. You may have been looking right at the Aurora and not even realized it! This field guide will tell you how to know for sure.
When you’re trying to catch the Northern Lights for the first time, it’s natural to wonder when you can see them and where. The answer to these questions, it turns out, is not so easy.
What causes the Northern Lights and why is it so difficult to predict? In simple terms, our planet’s Aurora are created by the solar wind that is emitted from the sun’s surface.
If one happens to be out alone at night under the Aurora Borealis and hears a whistling sound, one has only to whistle in return, and the lights will come closer out of curiosity.