How to Watch the Northern Lights

The more you know about the northern lights, the more you’ll enjoy the show.

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Get away from the light to see the light

While the auroras are visible in the Yukon’s major cities, getting away from light will ensure you don’t miss a single excited electron (see other facts for details).

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The best showtimes are when the night skies are dark

While the northern lights are visible from mid-August to mid-April, the best time to view them is between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.

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The sun makes the northern lights shine at night

The auroras may look like magic, but they actually occur because of excited electrons from the sun hitting the magnetosphere.

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The best performances are always clear

Since these dancing colours happen in the upper atmosphere, cloud-free, clear skies are best if you want to see it all.

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Just look up

No 3D glasses. No binoculars. No shoes or shirt (if you’re viewing from the Takhini Hot Springs). You only need to open your eyes to enjoy this must-see event.

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Get outta town

There are plenty of tranquil locations that offer a near-private front-row seat to the show. Or, if you want to be guided to the light, you can book a tour with a local company. Just remember to pack warm in winter.

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This phenomenon is in the forecast

Scientists monitor the solar storms that cause auroras. This allows us to know when the northern lights will be most brilliant. Check out the latest forecast here.

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Think like a werewolf

For best results, avoid full-moon nights. Our rocky satellite has a tendency to hog the spotlight when the northern lights are trying to do their thing.