Fun Facts about The Aurora Borealis in Canada

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The Aurora Borealis is a celestial phenomenon you definitely must see before you die.  It seems almost unreal or from a fantasy movie but this effect is pretty normal in some parts of the world. Let’s discover some fun facts and recommendations if you want to see the northern lights.  

  • In the north part of the world, this phenomenon is known as aurora borealis and in the south it is called aurora australis.
  • The color of the polar lights depends on the type of electrons colliding in the atmosphere.
  • Oxygen emits green, yellow or red light and nitrogen emits blue light.
  • The blend of electrons can produce purple, pink or white light.
  • The auroras are always present but some places and seasons are better to see them than others.
  • It is better to consult the weather forecast beforehand, a cloudy night might spoil the fun.
  • Choose a night with the new moon instead of full moon so you can see the lights better.
  • Don’t forget to bring really warm clothes, the temperatures might reach -40°C.
  • Choose a place far from the bright city lights.
  • Be aware of all points in the sky, you might see them all around and not only on the northern horizon.
  • Don’t forget your camera to capture this amazing moment.

Vocabulary:

  • Electron: An extremely piece of matter with a negative electrical charge.
  • Blend: A mixture of different things or styles.
  • Forecast: To say what you expect to happen in the future, in this case about the weather.
  • Spoil: To destroy or reduce the pleasure, interest or beauty of something.

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Questionnaire:

  • From your perspective, what’s the most fascinating feature about the aurora borealis?

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