Where the polar bears roam, the Northern Lights are shining.
February and March are the best months to see the ghostly Northern Lights, and you can now often see them (at night) on Live Northern Lights Camera on explore.org. Explore.org is the same organization that broadcasts the extraordinarily large bears in Alaska live.
The Northern Lights Camera is located in Churchill, Canada, a place that is often teeming with polar bears (although the number of polar bears has fallen since the 1990s). The conservation group Polar Bears International is headquartered in this remote town, and they help coordinate the live camera.
“There are over 300 nights of light a year in Churchill”, Krista Wright, executive director of Polar Bears International, said Mashable Last year.
âIt’s really, really cool,â Wright said. “You can get lights that dance and move.”
But in February and March Churchill (located on the western shore of Hudson Bay) tends to have the clearest nights. Above all, the best times to watch are typically 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. ET.
Like Mashable Previously reported:
Churchill is adorned with vivid northern lights because the small Canadian town is located just below the northern hemisphere’s “auroral oval”, a ring in the atmosphere around the Arctic (there is also a ring above the southern hemisphere).
The spectral lights are created by billions of collisions between charged particles (electrons) in space and gases in our atmosphere. These collisions “excite” molecules in the atmosphere, and when these molecules release this energy, they emit light.
When enough of these high atmospheric collisions occur, you get the Northern Lights.
NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center Forecasts can give you a good idea of ââwhen the lights are visible. You can also use an app like My Aurora forecast. Or you can just roll the dice and look at the sky.
It’s a good activity in the middle the worst pandemic in a century.