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Old 01-18-2007, 12:04 AM   #16
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you can see them as far south as central alberta in alberta of course(i don't think you can see them in Calgary) they are soo pretty...i sit on top of this hill by my house when its clear with a few friends, it's nice
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Old 01-18-2007, 12:45 AM   #17
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Apropos only of the fact that we're talking about northern regions, can I just say that I really, really want to check out Iceland.
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I guy I know does astrophotography and most of the aurora borealis shots he has on his website were taken in southwestern Ohio (he lives in Dayton), so nice ones can be seen fairly far south. Sadly I have to take his word (and pictorial evidence) for it as I have never seen them myself.

Here's a very nice set he took in the NYC/NJ area while he was setting up for a show one evening. He said he was amazed at how well it could be seen since the area was quite urban and there was a lot of light.



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Aurora Borealis photos - The Northern Lights images & montage taken from New York City and New Jersey Area on October 30th 2003. This Auroral display was so brilliant that it could be seen in the city and as far south as Miami, Fl. One of the prettiest displays I have ever recorded!
Here's a link to several aurora borealis shoots on his
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Edmonton?

you can see the northern lights from time to time in edmonton, martha. the temperatures are pretty close to what trevster described. it's kind of a crapshoot though, i can't say i've seen them with any kind of regularity within the last two years. i'm sure the light pollution here doesn't help.

when i was teaching in a small town northeast of here, i saw them quite frequently. it made coming home from school late at night the best part of my day.
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This might help, martha, if you haven't seen it already:

http://sec.noaa.gov/pmap/pmapN.html

Why is it all slanty, though? Why can you people see them and I can't when I'm farther north than most of you? I never saw them when I lived in any of those blue areas of the US either.

Science.
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:33 AM   #21
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Why is it all slanty, though?

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i think it depends on the 'direction' of the solar wind and the way it pulls on the magnetosphere. or something like that.

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I've been reading up on the lights, and northern Norway seems like a pretty good place to go. Plus, it's actualy warmer there above the Arctic Circle than in cold continental Canada due to the Gulf Stream.
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I've seen them in Washington state in the fall. Usually around the end of September or so.
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Go to Svalbard.
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Old 01-19-2007, 10:31 AM   #25
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Well, I saw them by accident once when my friend and I were driving around totally lost in North Dakota. It was amazing!!!

I vote for Norway. Those Scandanavians are cool and the countryside is beautiful. Bring lots of money tho...stuff is expensive!
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I saw the Northern Lights while camping in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
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You can see them here in Winnipeg every so often.
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there's a place about a half mile from my school that everyone goes to for all their lame emo/screamo concerts, and it's called Northern Lights, but i don't think i've ever actually seen them up here in upstate NY


maybe if i go a little more north to the adirondacks
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:39 AM   #29
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I saw the lights once, in 1989, in the north of Scotland. I was 17 at the time and dating this girl. We sat on some swings and watched the free* show for a while. It was amazing!



*yeah, it's true...us Scots are cheap!
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I've been reading up on the lights, and northern Norway seems like a pretty good place to go. Plus, it's actualy warmer there above the Arctic Circle than in cold continental Canada due to the Gulf Stream.
Then that gets my vote!

One of my old teachers used to live in Norway and he has only good things to say about the country and the people.
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