Even More Beautiful Northern Lights Will Be Glimpsed In Coming Years

By Kat Hannaford on at

Great news for timelapse video fans -- we should be seeing plenty more aurora borealis over the coming years, as solar activity is on the up, claim space weather experts such as University of Michigan's Tamas Gombosi, who said "the solar cycle is increasing, and so we are going to get more storms," with "at least" a day's warning for coming storms, which we should see monthly from now on.

It will reach a peak in 2013, following an 11-year cycle of the sun's gas bubbles increasing in temperature to 5,504-degrees celsius. The stunning flashes of colour across the night's sky occur when these charged particles from the sun interact with the earth's magnetic field, and are found closer to the magnetic poles.

Able to predict the exact details of last week's solar storms within seven minutes, skygazers are getting better at fingering forthcoming displays -- and capturing stunning videos for us to ogle here on Giz, evidently. [USA Today]

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