THE NORTH­ERN LIGHTS

IN CHURCHILL, MAN­I­TOBA

Canadian Geographic - - ADVERTORIAL -

THE NORTH­ERN LIGHTS, ac­cord­ing to an Inuit leg­end, are the an­ces­tors play­ing foot­ball with a wal­rus skull. In Norse mythol­ogy, the glim­mer­ing lights are the spears, ar­mor and hel­mets of the Valkyries. There are count­less sto­ries around the world of these oth­er­worldly lights that hang like flu­o­res­cent cur­tains in the night sky, and the real phe­nom­e­non be­hind the north­ern lights, or aurora bo­re­alis, is just as awe-in­spir­ing. High-en­ergy par­ti­cles stream out from the sun to­ward Earth and col­lide with gases in the at­mos­phere to cre­ate the brilliant green, yel­low and pur­ple bands of light. Churchill, Man., is one of the best places in the world to see this amaz­ing dis­play. Sit­u­ated be­neath the Auro­ral Oval, a band of ac­tiv­ity in the at­mos­phere cir­cling each of Earth’s poles, Churchill sees the north­ern lights an im­pres­sive 300 days per year, with the best chances of see­ing them from Jan­uary to April. Here are some of the best ways to view the north­ern lights in Churchill.

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