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 2015
Yukon-wide

Inquire in local communities at Visitor Information Centres

Jul 10 2015 - Jul 15 2015
Atlin, BC
1-867-335-1428
Jul 18 2015
Yukon-wide
1-800-661-0408 ext. 5648

Inquire in local communities at Visitor Information Centres

Jul 24 2015 - Jul 26 2015
Teslin Tlingit Council Heritage Centre
867-390-2532 ext 333
Jul 25 2015
Start: Palace Grand Theatre
867-993-7400 x 299
Jul 30 2015 - Aug 2 2015
Various
867-668-3331