The Southern Lights

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My dream has always been to break away from the big cities and flee up to the cold barren areas of Canada and witness the beautiful and breathtaking Aurora Borealis or more commonly known as the Northern Lights for myself. However, I'll have to take to watching videos online until then.

Called "Aurora Australis" these lights seen in the video are found in the Antarctic regions and are just as gorgeous as the Northern Lights. Filmed by Anthony Powell who is stationed in Antarctica he uses his spare time to video and snap shots of not only Aurora Australis but also of animals and landscapes. via - The Daily Galaxy

Here you can visit Anthony Powell's personal blog and website - [Link]

I live in a smaller city in Canada, so the Northern Lights are commonplace during the winter (I.E., I can see them from my deck). They have sort of an eerie, hovering glow about them, almost like you can hear them. Certainly breathtaking! I hope you can experience them some day!
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I've seen the northern lights as far south as London, Ontario (2 hours NE of Detroit). A friend was lucky enough to have a hot tub and a bunch of us would spend the evening in -20 degree weather steaming and watching the colors undulate across the sky. Very cool.
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I have never seen the northern lights, and have searched high and low to answer a question I have about them: How fast do they really move? I've seen all kinds of time-lapse footage, but it's never mentioned what the actual time passage of the sequence is (like, here's 3 hours compressed into 30 seconds, or whatever). So how fast do they move?

I live near Seattle, and sadly, we get all the sucky norther weather with none of the Aurora.
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I am a former Canuck from Calgary, the lights are not only out in the cold winter, but can also be seen throughout the year. They are more common in winter, but I think it is because the days are shorter and the pure night comes quicker so you see them more regularly.

I've lost count of the number of times I've been driving through Alberta in the wee hours of the morning (1-4AM) and have pulled over to lay be in a field to enjoy the Aurora in the summer time... its rare but amazing... and not surprisingly a LOT more enjoyable then when its 30 below!!!
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I saw a really good one in Iceland at the North fjords this spring. We stayed for a nearly 2 weeks but saw a proper big one only once in a very cold night [after eating rotten shark & sheep's testicles]. We where gasping like teenagers on E and the locals found that quite amusing.
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having seen both sets of lights from non-good points ie Northern Finland and floating on a boat about a '000 clicks south of Adelaide (Oz).

The Northern Lights are fantastic (ok, I was closer than in the south). They whip slowly across the sky and are totally are like of the class of mesmerism.

After seeing these, I read a book by Billy Bryson that made me think that a special trip just to see these to far, far north would be worth it, no matter the cost.

IMO, if you haven't seen them, then you should.
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Nova on PBS had a show on about them last night, so watch for that - explained the whole thing...
ps. watching video is cool, seeing them full blown, live, is one of the most amazing visual spectacles you could imagine, better than a solar eclipse I would wager.
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I recommend going to Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior. The Northern Lights are visible in the summer, like people have said. but, I still would wait until late summer. The reason for going to Isle Royale is because there is very very little light "pollution" out in the middle of the big lake and so you get really dark nights...and good viewing conditions for the northern lights as well as the whole milky way.
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Thanks for all the info folks! Living in Toronto, Ontario can be a real bummer for star gazers like myself. The amount of light pollution really ruins any chance of seeing a good clean sky. I may take a trip to the West and then travel Northwards from there. :)
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