Northern Lights – FAQ

-Can you see the Northern Lights in Sweden?

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, appear around the middle of August to around the end of March all over Sweden… But for the very best chance of seeing the northern lights you should make the trip to Torneträsk area in Abisko. If you are in the lower latitude’s near and around 60° you preferably need Solar Flares on the sun or Solar Wind.

-Can you see the Northern Lights in Stockholm?

Yes! As you can see on this page! Usually, the northern lights are only visible in Sweden’s northern reaches… It is possible to see the northern lights much further south than Jokkmokk, however, and during periods of particularly high solar activity, it’s not unheard of to see the aurora as far south as Stockholm and Gothenburg and even the northern parts of the United Kingdom…

-When can I see the lights?

From middle of August to March. Anywhere from 21:00 ot Sunrise (9pm to Sunrise). (Swedish local time)

-Where do you go to see the Northern Lights?

“Northern Lights zone” — Go above 60° latitude, to 72°. A significant portion of Sweden lies within the zone (called the ‘auroral oval’), where solar particles collide with gases in the earth’s atmosphere and create northern lights, (aurora borealis).Ideal viewing conditions are crisp, cold, clear, and cloudless skies. But for the very best viewing conditions you should make the trip to Torneträsk (a micro climate area) in Abisko.
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-How does the Northern Lights work?

Solar particles collide with atmospheric gases and create colorful curtains as a result of chemistry. Bottom line: When charged particles from the sun strike atoms in Earth’s atmosphere, they cause electrons in the atoms to move to a higher-energy state. When the electrons drop back to a lower energy state, they release a photon: light. This process creates the beautiful aurora, or northern lights. [Video]

-For how long are the Northern lights visible?

Anywhere from 10 milliseconds to all night long, depending on the magnitude of the incoming solar event. Coronal holes consistently produce nice auroras but big solar flares and CME’s-coronal mass ejections are responsible for global-wide aurora displays… the BIG shows!

-How often do the Northern lights appear?

Basically every day, but you cannot see them during daytime. Anywhere from 21:00 to Sunrise (9pm to Sunrise). In the far north of Sweden during the season it is almost a  constant Kp-index of Kp2-3, the hi latitude makes it more likely that you will see them even if they are not so strong.

-Can you hear the Northern lights?

Most likely, Yes! [explanation, scroll down to the bottom of the page ]

 

 

 

(near the South Pole, Aurora Australis are the Southern Lights).