Northern lights show up in Canada (again), as magnetic field strengthens to ‘near-record’ levels

Following years of predictions of the famed aurora borealis awakening in the north and south this summer, it appears Canadian officials believe they’ve captured the moment on camera.

New footage from CTV, a large Canadian television news outlet, surfaced Thursday morning showing the aurora dancing in the northern sky. The CBC, another Canadian television station, also picked up the piece.

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The weather channel said several aurora sightings were being reported during the early morning hours across the country, with spotters around Sudbury in Ontario and Sudbury, Ontario, and Whistler, British Columbia, also reporting sightings.

Such a highly anticipated spectacle usually occurs in August in the north, though some sunspots, major solar flares and likely solar storms can cause the northern lights.

This summer’s theory is that solar activity, combined with an above-average amount of solar storms with global radiative activity, has added to the conditions this year for the northern lights to appear again in the north.

To have seen it, observers will need to be within a 3.5-mile-square area near the North Pole in Canada or the upper latitudes of the northern United States.


The average number of hours of radiant activity expected in the aurora is about 20 days by late August or early September, according to the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center.

“New records have been set for the peak or maximum of the aurora borealis in May and in June,” Jamie Batchelor, the program director for science and operations at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, told the CBC. “We had two near-record numbers of days of maximum aurora displays.”

Here’s the live link from CTV News:

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Like the aurora watchers, the end game seems within their grasp, but as each year goes by, it gets harder to predict the time when it happens. The center recommends that those looking for this phenomenon set aside a considerable amount of time and travel in good weather to areas well away from populated areas.

Those in China and Japan are among those rarege sites.

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