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Northern Lights

December 10th 2013

We were reading that, according to NASA scientists, the current period of solar maximum activity, governed by an 11 year cycle, will reach a new peak next month allowing people to see the 'Northern Lights' if they are in the right place, and with little cloud cover.

The phenomena can look like bright dancing lights and is formed by the collision of electrically charged particles from the sun as they enter the earths atmosphere. Unst with long nights, lack of light pollution and northern location is probably the best viewpoint in the UK, increasing your chance to see what Shetlanders call the 'Mirrie Dancers'. Usually greenish they can also include pink, orange ond purple.

While we can't guarantee that you'll see, October to March is usually the best time, but the next month or so is predicted to be particularly good.

A full moon can be a problem and however well you plan a cloudy night ruins your chances! There are various websites which help you predict solar activity.

This is our favourite photo of the northern lights.