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Where in the World is Santa

Where in the World is Santa

A couple of Christmases ago I witnessed a little girl’s joy as she saw Santa’s sleigh travelling across the dark sky on Christmas Eve. No one had the heart to tell her that the twinkling lights were the navigation lights of an easyjet flight to Lisbon. There was surprise twist to the story which you can read here. The North American Aerospace Defence Command tracks Santa across the skies using all the resources available to it. NORAD, as it is better known, tracks him and makes his route data available live on the Internet at https://noradsanta.org for anyone who wants to follow his progress. This is available from December 1st each year. It is doubtful any of us have the resources of NORAD to track Santa around the globe. Santa is only tracked by NORAD when he is airborne so even…

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See the Northern Lights

See the Northern Lights

In the previous two years I have looked at where to see the Northern Lights in Europe and different ways to enjoy them. In this post I will look at further places to go to see the Northern Lights. As the Auroral Oval circles the planet in the northern latitudes this post will not be limited to one area. We start our round up in North America. There are a great deal of remote locations where the Northern Lights are visible but the logistics of getting there make it hugely expensive. Fortunately there are also places that are much more accessible where you can still see the spectacular display of the Northern Lights. The Great Lakes, USA Seeing the Northern Lights reflected in water is a great way of getting two shows for the price of one. The Great Lakes…

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Where to see the Northern Lights

Where to see the Northern Lights

I will never forget the night I was in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, and experienced the Northern Lights show. Down at the waters edge with our backs to the city lights, such as they were, we watched entranced as pink and green curtains of light rippled across the sky. It was a magical moment – actually over an hour. Currently, because of the solar maximum, conditions are at their best for seeing the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. NASA predicts there will be a double peak during this cycle with the first this winter and the second next winter. It’s never been a better time to head north to hunt the Northern lights or Fire Fox as the Sami people call it. The Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, is a phenomena caused by electrically charged…

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