Aurora borealis set autumn skies ablaze in Finland

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Aurora borealis in Finland in 2003.  (Pekka Sakki / AFP)
Aurora borealis in Finland in 2003. (Pekka Sakki / AFP)

 

In previous nights the northern lights have lit up skies across Finland, even down south.

According to Finnish Meteorological Institute researchers, there hasn’t been such an abundant display of the heavenly phenomena since March.

Kirsti Kauristie from the Meteorological Institute says that it is unusual to spot the lights in southern Finland.

On the previous night, particularly bright aurora borealis were observed in Lapland, and around the area of Rovaniemi.

The sun’s activity follows cycles of 11 years. This year sun spots, which are associated with northern lights, are peaking. The dancing ribbons of light are created when charged particles from the sun hit the earth’s atmosphere.

It is often thought that northern lights are more common in the winter than summer. This, however, is not the case. It’s just that in summer the light skies obscure their visibility.

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