Posts Tagged ‘northern lights’

Breathtaking Photos of Northern Lights From Norway

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Over the last few days, a powerful solar storm roared past the Earth treating travelers in the northernmost latitudes to a dazzling, supercharged display of auroras. The unusually bright colors resulted from a massive solar flare that erupted from the sun last Sunday, sending a wave of charged particles rippling across the sky. The recent show is likely just a taste of what’s to come, as scientists predict elevated solar activity to continue for the next couple of years.

Here are stunning images captured this week in Valvika, Nordland Fylke and Langfjordbotn, Finnmark Fylke, Norway:

Aurora Borealis - NorwayPhoto courtesy of Flickr user trondk.

Aurora Borealis - Norway
Photo courtesy of Flickr user The-Dan.

Aurora Borealis - Norway
Photo courtesy of Flickr user The-Dan.

If these images have piqued your interest, check out the details of our Scandinavian Sojourn trips headed north this summer!

For more information on the recent aurora borealis (and more stunning photos), visit “This Week’s Breathtaking Aurora Borealis” on Smithsonian.com.

Video: The Northern Lights

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

The Aurora Borealis (also known as the Northern Lights) is a vibrant, otherworldly light display that has to be seen to be believed. Named for the Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn, and Boreas, the Greek term for “north wind,” the Northern Lights have been drawing enthusiastic spectators since humans have lived within sight of this celestial phenomenon. Here, see a time-lapse video of an Aurora Borealis display.

Want to see for yourself? We’ll teach you about the relationship between electricity, the ionosphere, and the Aurora, and we’ll even provide the cold weather gear. Limited space available on our Northern Lights of Canada program this September, so book soon! Fall is one of the best times of year to see the Aurora.

Click here to learn more about the Aurora Borealis and more from Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, or click here to read about the Northern Lights in Smithsonian Magazine.

What can you see in the night sky where you live? Share below.

Video: Aurora Borealis

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The Aurora Borealis (also known as the Northern Lights) is a vibrant, otherworldly light display that has to be seen to be believed. Named for the Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn, and Boreas, the Greek term for “north wind,” the Northern Lights have been drawing enthusiastic spectators since humans have lived within sight of this celestial phenomenon. Here, see a time-lapse video of an Aurora Borealis display from July, 2007.

Want to see for yourself? We’ll teach you about the relationship between electricity, the ionosphere, and the Aurora, and we’ll even provide the cold weather gear. Limited space available on our Northern Lights of Canada program this September, so book soon! Fall is one of the best times of year to see the Aurora.

Click here to learn more about the Aurora Borealis and more from Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, or click here to read about the Northern Lights in Smithsonian Magazine.

What can you see in the night sky where you live? Share below.