A display of northern lights can be spectacular — curtains and waves of colors on the sky — often against a mountainous landscape or above a sheet of sparkling ice. This awe-inspiring phenomenon is created by electrically charged particles from the Sun colliding with the Earth’s atmosphere.
Sky & Telescope offers readers a range of articles helping them to understand, spot, and photograph these celestial dancing lights. A number of websites provide aurora alerts for your area. We’ll help you with the next step: staying warm and utilizing your camera to the best of its ability by capturing this celestial dance on film. Sky & Telescope even offers tours to catch a glimpse of the fiery spectacle in unique geological sites.