Aurora in September

Aurora in September

The Northern lights, or Aurora Borealis, is an amazing light show that forms when electrically charged solar particles enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases like nitrogen and oxygen. The lights can be observed around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. (the phenomenon at the South Pole it is called Aurora Australis).

It’s a myth that you can only see the Northern Lights in winter. The Aurora is around all seasons, all you need is a dark and clear sky and favorable solar winds. In Norway this means that early fall (September and October) is also a decent period to be able to observe the Aurora, while night temperatures are often still mild.

Solar activity is constantly monitored and there are online aurora forecasters that can help you when to pay special attention to the sky. (one site that I particularly like is Aurora Service). The most important thing to know about aurora watching is the kp-index, which is a scale from 0 to 9. Zero means no activity, while a 9 means very high activity, in these rare cases you could theoretically observe the Northern lights from as far south as central France.

These photos are all made in September in Troms and Nordland (Norway).

September Aurora in Nordland

September Aurora in Nordland

September Aurora in Lofoten

September Aurora in Lofoten