The Northern Lights


Auroramax, Yellowknife, Canada

AuroraMAX's live webcam takes a short summer break

Nights are short and bright in Canada's north in the summer, which makes it difficult to see auroras. Our Yellowknife livecam is taking a short break for the summer, and will resume once darkness returns in August.

This summer, as you head out to the cottage or set out on camping trips, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for alerts to see the northern lights for yourself! Aurora predictions are made 24 to 48 hours in advance depending on solar conditions.

Happy aurora hunting!

What are the northern lights?

Auroras are natural displays of light in the sky that can be seen with the naked eye. Auroras occur when charged particles (electrons and protons) collide with gases in the Earth's upper atmosphere, producing tiny flashes that fill the sky with colourful light. As billions of these tiny flashes occur in sequence, the lights appear to move or "dance."

In the northern hemisphere, the lights are named aurora borealis, or northern lights, while in the southern hemisphere they are called aurora australis, or southern lights.


Credit: Canadian Space Agency

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