The Age of the Aurora Borealis

By Kevin Collins | Northern Lights Holidays | Posted 11 Nov 2011

Northern Lights - The Age of the Aurora

Solar activity, also known as sunspots, are what regulates the intensity of the solar wind which in turn creates the aurora borealis. The sun has an 11 year cycle - or "pulse" - which regulate the intensity of the sunspots/northern lights and thereby also their consistency. Scientists have been monitoring this for hundreds of years and also know when to expect increases in activity.

As we now head into a period with very high sunspot activity - one could say we are in The Age of Aurora - which should therefore bring about some fantastic displays of aurora.

The next time this high sunspot occurs again will be first around 2022 - so if you want to view this natures splendor in the forseeable future - now is the time to book a trip to the northern latitudes where this is viewable.

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About Kevin Collins

Kevin grew up in the wilds of Africa and with family scattered all over the world was introduced to long haul travel from an early age. This turned into a lifelong passion which he has been fortunate to turn into a successful career.

Having spent 20 years in marketing roles in a variety of business environments Kevin set up Weekend a la Carte to provide the kind of experiential breaks that are increasingly being sought after by clients eager to find enriching ways of spending valuable leisure time.

Kevin has increasingly become fascinated with the Northern Lights, and has built up a wealth of knowledge over the years as to how to increase your chances of seeing the Northern Lights taking into account weather patterns, moon cycles , solar pulses and daylight hours. Kevin is also a fervent believer in making sure that the break is action packed so you have a fantastic time , even if the Aurora Borealis does not show.

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