The Northern Lights are actually caused by electrons from solar winds. They are attracted to the poles by the magnetic fields found there. They mix with gases in the atmosphere, causing the gases to glow. Solar flares can also cause the Northern Lights to appear.
The name "Aurora Borealis", another title for the Northern Lights, come from two ancient names. Aurora is the Roman god of the dawn; Boreas is the Greek name for the north wind.
The Northern Lights Oval is the area which provides the greatest possibility of seeing the Aurora Borealis. This area includes Alaska, parts of Canada, Norway, Greenland, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. The Northern Lights can appear any time, but you’re most likely to see them between March and April and September and October– chilly months in the far north.
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