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10 wrong ideas about the northern lights

It is possible to find many articles about the northern lights, and in these articles and Youtube videos there are lot of informations about the northern lights.

However, the accuracy of all information is unfortunately discussed.

In this article, we evaluated what is wrong for northern lights.

Table of Contents

NORTHERN LIGHTS ARE NOT LOOKING GREEN WITH THE BARE EYE ON PHOTOS

ANSWER: FALSE

This theory does not reflect the exact truth about the northern lights.

This situation varies depending on the intensity of the northern light activity that occurs completely at night when you see the northern lights.

Sometimes the northern lights, which appear pale and discolored with the naked eye, look green on the camera, but if the northern lights are strong (strong activity) you can see the northern lights as green as in the pictures.

NORTHERN LIGHTS NEED HIGH KP VALUE FOR NORTHERN LIGHTS DANCING

ANSWER: FALSE

In fact, it is quite normal for us to watch the dance of the northern lights several nights a week. And don’t be surprised by the northern lights dancing even in KP 1.

The high KP value indicates how far the northern lights can go to south, that is, how large an area the aurora oval affects.

Although it is possible to watch a beautiful northern light dance at night with high KP value, it is also quite normal to watch the northern lights dance at the right location (below the aurora oval) with a low KP value.

A FULL MOON RUINS YOUR CHANCE TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

ANSWER: FALSE

It is quite normal to have a very nice experience of northern light even at full moon nights depending on how northern lights are strong.

THE BEST PERIODS OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ARE THE EQUINOX PERIODS

ANSWER: FALSE

You can see “the best time to see the northern lights” article here.

Although an increase in solar activity intensity in the equinox periods, this does not mean that the northern lights were best seen at that time.

In its simplest form, the months when the northern lights are seen most change every year statistically.

There is no answer to the question of when the northern lights were best seen.

YOU CAN SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS BEST IN COLD WEATHER

ANSWER: FALSE

Many people believe that the northern lights dance  when the weather is cold or windy. However, there is no clear information about this subject.

YOU DON’T NEED TO BOOK A NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

ANSWER: FALSE

You have a good chance of seeing the northern lights in a dark area where the weather is completely clear. However, the weather in the north is quite variable. The biggest enemy of the northern lights is the cloud. In northern countries, cloudiness rate is quite high.

The Northern Lights guides work hard to find the cloud free areas by searching before the tour.

For example, while staying in an area, you may not see the northern light that night, but it is quite common for a tour company going from the same region to find the cloud free area and see the northern lights at same night.

It is therefore important to trust on experienced northern lights guides.

YOU CAN SEE THE BEST NORTHERN LIGHTS BETWEEN 9-11 PM 

ANSWER: FALSE

Northern lights are completely a natural phenomenon, it is not known where, when, how they are visible. This is one of the most important factors that make the northern lights so fascinating.

On some nights where there is no northern light, they can start their dance after midnight while you sleep on your bed.

Sometimes the northern lights, which have a beautiful show after sunset, may not show up for the rest of the night.

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS DANCE TOO SHORT

ANSWER: FALSE

It is still unknown that where,for how long and when the northern lights will appear.

Some nights, the northern lights dance over you for few hours but some nights they just appear for few minutes.

This is entirely depending on the luck factor.

YOU DEFINITELY SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS WHEN KP NUMBER IS HIGH

ANSWER: FALSE

Unfortunately, this situation, which many people traveling to northern countries experience, causes great disappointment.

It is also very common to not see the northern lights after waiting for hours on a cloud free and dark night with a high KP number.

Sometimes, although there is an intense particle penetration into the atmosphere, it may not interact, so you may not see northern lights.

YOU DON’T NEED TO GO TO NORTH IF YOU DON’T LIKE COLD

ANSWER: FALSE

Northern lights are the most magnificent natural thing that you can see in your life. Make sure you experience this experience even if you don’t like the cold!

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