It has been been a good season for northern lights. However, the season is coming to an end. With the April months come longer days, and brighter nights. By the end of the month it will be too bright to see the aurora dance on the sky. Luckily we had a good show this week, which will most likely be the last good one until the fall. It is unlikely there will be another show the next days, but if it happens it will be a happy bonus to an already good season.
Depending on how interested you are in the northern lights and astronomy, you might know that the sun has a heartbeat. Every 10 or 12 years it beats, and it beats hard. This is known as the solar cycle and is measured by the number of sunspots visible on the sun. The more sunspots, the more solar flare energy is being released into space which means more aurora activity! We are now one the backside of the “Solar Cycle 24” peak phase. The sunspot count is declining but 2016 still has proven to provide some big solar flares and shows. These big flares will be less frequent in the coming few years. The next cycle will peak between 2024 and 2026, so we might as well enjoy the shows we have now as long as they last!
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