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can you see the northern lights in thunder bay

by easyout4u Online Now Oct 15, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Can you see the aurora borealis( northern lights )in thunder bay and if so what time of the year is best.

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    Re: can you see the northern lights in thunder bay

    by GrumpyDiver Online Now Oct 15, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    It should be possible. We will occasionally (rarely) see them faintly outside of Ottawa, where I live and Thunder Bay is a bit further North. That being said, Thunder Bay is still well below the prime viewing latitude.

    You have to be well out of town (no city lights to brighten the sky) and the Northern Lights have to be very active. Cold clear nights in December and January would be the most likely months.

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    Re: can you see the northern lights in thunder bay

    by Babcia Online Now Nov 3, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    The best time to see the aurora borealis (northern lights) is in the autumn or in the spring.
    December and January only seem like the better times because the nights are longer.
    Your best bet is to go as far north as you can - the further north the better.

    And it goes without saying that northern lights are dependent on the activity of the sun - and lately it hasn't been very active.

    Go to Spaceweather.com for more information.

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