Experts tell how to catch northern lights
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Experts tell how to catch northern lights

September 01, 2021

At Norilsk latitude, the auroral season begins in September.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The polar day in Norilsk came to an end in July. Until September 15, the city has twilight nights, which means that you can already witness an unusual atmospheric phenomenon – the aurora borealis.

As photographer Mikhail Podolyak told us, the sky should be cloudless to see the incredible play of colors.

“The weather was cloudy in Norilsk last week. The overcast sky makes it impossible to see the northern blue, although the season has already begun. As soon as the clouds clear, I will look for him again”, he said.

Experienced aurora hunters use the Aurora app before heading out to see the natural wonder. It shows chances to see the aurora borealis depending on the person’s location of the. Today the probability of seeing the colorful night sky over Norilsk is only three percent.

In turn, the experts of the Project Office for the Development of the Arctic remind that those who want to see the glowing sky have to warm themselves first:

“Warm weather can be considered a pleasant bonus for the autumn Aurora hunt. Indeed, sometimes, you have to wait several hours in an open area. Nevertheless, we advise you to have warm clothes and a thermos with your favorite tea – the nights in the Arctic are already very cold nowadays”.

It is believed that the northern lights season at our latitude lasts between the autumn and spring equinox – from September 21 to March 21. At this time, it gets dark very early in northern latitudes. The highest chances of catching the glow are from 9 pm to midnight.

By the way, contrary to myths, the northern lights can be seen at any air temperature. The phenomenon is caused by the collision of charged solar particles with atoms of the earth’s atmosphere in its upper layers. And its color depends on the layer on which the collision occurred.

We previously reported that residents of Taimyr will see less aurora in the next few years due to decreased solar activity.

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Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: putorana.land and social networks

September 01, 2021

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