Colorful Dancing Montana Skies. When Can You See It Again?
If you have lived in the midwest for most of your life, you have most likely seen or at least heard of the Northern Lights. If not, you are about to get all the information you will need to at least sound a little educated.
You will have the chance to see the Nothern Lights through the 25th (fingers crossed that the snow doesn't block the view). The best time to catch the sky full of beautiful colors is between 10 PM and 3 AM.
I went to the trusty Farmers Almanac to get some much-needed information.
What are the Northern Lights?
Aurora Borealis is the proper name for Northern Lights and it is caused by the sun and solar activity.
How do Northern Lights get their start?
When the sun gets "stormy" it will send out high energy-charged particles and solar flares that can travel at speeds of up to one million miles per hour.
How do the colors form?
When solar wind gusts meet up with the earth's magnetic field and mix with gases in the upper atmosphere, the colors will start to form.
What makes all the pretty colors?
You will most likely see green first and as the strongest color. The other colors start to form depending on the strength of the gases and which gases are mixing. The stronger the gases the more colors you will see.
Why do the Nothern lights sometimes look like waves or like they are dancing?
When the solar winds are blowing through the magnetic field, it will make the skies look like they are having a party.
cc: Farmers Almanac