It is virtually impossible to correctly describe the sensation of the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis. The magnificence of the oscillating lights in varying shapes and forms dancing across the sky is best experienced first-hand.
The lights quickly shift from hesitant and hardly visible veils to sparkling cones seemingly covering the entire heavens. It may be a myth but many people claim to have also heard the Northern Lights at the point of its most intense. One thing is for sure — it is a unique experience to witness and a fabulous memory to bring back from the Swedish Lapland. The heavenly light phenomenon, the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, is simply described as the result of the interaction between the solar winds and Earth’s magnetic fields.
The solar winds consist of charged particles thrown out into space from the sun. When the particles are attracted by Earth’s magnetic fields, they are drawn towards the poles at extremely high speed. The aurora appears when the particles collide with atoms in the upper atmosphere whereby the kinetic energy is transformed into visible light. The phenomenon is based on the same principles as a neon light. Two days after the solar wind has been flung into space it will reach us and make the Northern Lights possible.