Lowest Northern Lights activity in many years

Northern lights over Longyearbyen on SvalbardNorthern lights over Longyearbyen on Svalbard.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix
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Fewer solar storms mean that the Northern Lights activity this season has been lower than in many years.

“This season has been weaker than the previous ones,” says solar scientist Pål Brekke at the Norwegian Space Center (Norsk Romsenter) to NRK.

The sun controls the amount, strength and duration of the Northern Lights bursts we see in the sky. The sun works in cycles, and a solar cycle lasts for eleven years.

“Now the sun is in a period of fewer solar storms and eruptions, which we depend on for the most powerful northern lights,” says Brekke.

Thus, the Northern Lights activity will be low also in the coming seasons, according to the researcher.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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