Northern Lights

Fell Centre Kiilopää's location close to the nature gives you the best opportunities to see the Northern Lights.

Far away from any light pollution, the Fell Center is one of the best places to observe the Northern Lights. Close to the national park where no light is disturbing the night sky, we welcome you to come and admire the enchanting spectacle of dancing lights in the clear sky.

What are the northern lights?

An aurora (plural: aurorae or auroras) is a natural display of light in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind and, on Earth, are directed by the Earth's magnetic field into the atmosphere. Aurora is classified as diffuse or discrete aurora.

In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621.[5] Auroras seen near the magnetic pole may be high overhead, but from farther away, they illuminate the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the Sun were rising from an unusual direction. Discrete aurorae often display magnetic field lines or curtain-like structures, and can change within seconds or glow unchanging for hours, most often in fluorescent green. The aurora borealis most often occurs near the equinoctes. The northern lights have had a number of names throughout history. The Cree call this phenomenon the "Dance of the Spirits". In Europe, in the Middle Ages, the auroras were commonly believed to be a sign from God.[6] Source: Wikipedia

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