Best time to see the Aurora Borealis

By | Northern Lights Holidays, Seginfo Northern Lights Facts for Iceland, Seginfo Northern Lights Facts | Posted 13 Mar 2013

You can book a break to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, Sweden or Norway, where you enjoy not only great views of Aurora Borealis but also an arctic experience.

Predicting the best time to see Northern Lights

The current cycle of sunspot activity - known as Cycle 24 - has brought spectacular activity this year and that promises to continue over the autumn of 2013.

Nasa tracks sunspot activity and tries to predict it because of the need for this information in the forward planning of space launches.

In its scientific and detailed article on Northern Lights and sunspot activity, NASA says it uses a few methods to predict
cycle peaks.

"Relationships have been found between the size of the next cycle maximum and the length of the previous cycle, the level of activity at sunspot minimum, and the size of the previous cycle," says the article.

"Among the most reliable techniques are those that use the measurements of changes in the Earth's magnetic field at, and before, sunspot minimum. These changes in the Earth's magnetic field are known to be caused by solar storms but
the precise connections between them and future solar activity levels is still uncertain."

So the best time to book a holiday to see the Northern Lights, if you haven't already seen them, is autumn 2013, if these predictions are correct.

Aurora Borealis in Iceland

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