The Northern Lights


Auroramax, Yellowknife, Canada

AuroraMAX livecam to return in late summer

The AuroraMAX observatory ended its season on May 5, 2015, and will take a short break for the summer months while the Midnight Sun in Northern Canada makes it too difficult to see the aurora. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter (@AuroraMAX) for aurora alerts, photos and more. Please visit us again in late summer when AuroraMAX will continue to bring you the greatest natural light show on Earth!

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.


AuroraMAX: Science is Beautiful

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2012-04-04 - Filmed near Yellowknife in Canada's Northwest Territories, this video is a compilation of thousands of time-lapse photographs of AuroraMAX's most magical moments in 2010 and 2011.
Credits: Canadian Space Agency, The University of Calgary, Astronomy North

Science is beautiful