Aurora season is back

Darker skies mean more chances to see the northern lights.

By Reuters - October 4, 2019

With the autumnal equinox past, and northern skies darkening, it’s the time of year when northern lights are once again frequently visible — though the solar activity that causes them is on the wane for the next few years.

Aurora hunter and photographer Alexander Kuznetsov filmed a breathtaking northern light show that started after the sunset last week in northern Finland.

Kuznetsov, based in Rovaniemi, said it was the best aurora storm he had seen since September 2017.

The aurora borealis is the result of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere.

Agencies such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Center and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks offer aurora forecasts.