Night Magic



Night Magic

The Yukon enjoys exceptional viewing of the aurora borealis. This wintertime phenomenon—known to many people as the Northern Lights—appears like undulating ribbons of green, blue and red light. Scientifically speaking, the Northern Lights are the aftermath of explosions on the sun known as solar flares. These explosions send a wave of high-energy particles into space. This ‘solar wind’ is drawn towards Earth’s magnetic fields, and solar dust particles concentrate like rings around the polar regions. They hit gases in our upper atmosphere and charge the gas molecules, making them glow like neon lights. If the earth did not have a magnetic field, we would not have the aurora.

Yukon’s low-light winters make for excellent viewing, and fall and spring produce the best effects. According to some, the northern lights even make a crackling noise, and the lights have inspired many myths and legends. The Yukon is also home of the Northern Lights Space & Science Centre housed in Watson Lake. The centre welcomes visitors year-round to learn about the aurora borealis and view simulations.

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Jul 1 2014
Yukon-wide

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Jul 11 2014 - Jul 20 2014
Pepsi Softball Centre
867-667-4487
Jul 11 2014 - Jul 13 2014
Atlin, BC
1-867-335-1428
Jul 19 2014
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1-800-661-0408 ext. 5648

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Jul 24 2014 - Jul 27 2014
Moosehide Village (3km from Dawson)
867-667-7698
Jul 31 2014 - Aug 3 2014
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