Northern lights

The aurora borealis (or northern lights) is a natural phenomenon caused by the interaction of charged particles from the sun with atoms in the upper atmosphere. These otherworldly dancing curtains of light glow in a rainbow of colours, and are at their most resplendent in January through March.

The northern lights glow in the skies around the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Manitoba, Canada.

Scientists from around the world have come to Churchill to study the northern lights in the active night sky – Churchill is one of the top 3 places on the planet to see them. Learn more about what causes the northern lights.

Under clear winter skies, you can watch the colourful artistry of the aurora borealis light up the pitch-black nights. Grab a front row seat in the comfort of the plexiglass-covered Aurora Domes to watch this spectacular natural light show.

In summer, the nights are shorter but warmer – head out to Goose Creek, stoke up a bonfire, bake some bannock and wait for the show to begin. Find out more about when to go.

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Watch the skies dance

These stunning time-lapse videos were taken in March 2013. Courtesy of Dan Harper Photography.

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