Nature Blows My Mind! The Science Behind Magical Northern Lights

A Simple Explanation

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auroras photo

credit: Travel Manitoba

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If all that seems like too technical of an explanation, the Exploratorium explains it more succinctly: "The way the aurora works is a lot like a neon sign, except that in the aurora, the conducting gas is in the ionosphere, instead of a glass tube, and the current travels along magnetic field lines instead of copper wires."

So, when is the best time of year to see the auroras?

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