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The aurorae, or northern lights, are one of the most beautiful and mysterious sights in the night sky. Join us on an expedition to the Northwest Territories in northern Canada to see these shimmering curtains of light under pristine dark skies. We first see the northern lights as northern peoples have seen them for thousands of years, and appreciate their beautiful and varied forms.
Aurorae are not only beautiful, but they also hint at some of the fundamental properties of our planet Earth and its interaction with the Sun. Modern science has revealed some of the amazing processes that cause these beautiful lights in their many colours, but there is still more to learn. Aurorae explores the connection between solar activity and northern lights, highlighting the latest science and looking ahead to the upcoming solar maximum next year.
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In March 2015, a team from the Montreal Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium travelled to Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, to spend many frigid nights filming no fewer than 179,000 images of the northern lights, in 360°. The crew had the perfect conditions to observe these shimmering waves of light, beneath a clear sky far from sources of light pollution.
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