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Since you’re probably not going to be traveling to northern Canada this month to watch the Aurora Borealis lights in the northern sky, there’s a way you can still watch them.
The Delta College Planetarium Facebook page announced that they will be hosting a live stream of the Northern Lights on Thursday around 7pm PST. Astronomer and planetarium manager Mike Murray will be talking about how to observe them best and what causes the phenomenon.
There will also be time on the live stream dedicated to discussing the ancient folklore and stories from Canada, Scandinavia, and the southern hemisphere where the lights are known as aurora australis.
The reason we see the northern lights is because the sun blasts off solar energy that eventually hits the earth. Fortunately, the earth’s magnetic field blocks and shields us from the harmful solar flares and we simply get to sit back and watch it bounce off the atmosphere and make pretty lights in the sky.
Delta Planetarium will be showing footage from many stationed satellites placed around the globe, as well as footage viewing from the International Space Station. The Facebook event starts at 4pm PST and is called “See the Northern Lights.”