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You Can Now Live-Stream The Northern Lights

Lauren Bell

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You Can Now Live-Stream The Northern Lights

Featured Image Credit: Pxhere

We don't know about you, but since we're all isolating at home, looking at the same four walls is starting to get tiresome.

Luckily, if you could do with a change of scenery or a way to pretend you've gone on a fabulous trip, there's a live stream in Canada that will allow you to try and see the Northern Lights.

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Spotting them has always been on our bucket list and, while we're sure it's not quite the same as seeing them in person, we'll take what we can right now.

The video stream on Explore uses footage from a camera located in Churchill, Manitoba, which is underneath the aurora oval - supposedly one of the best places on earth to watch the aurora borealis, aka the Northern Lights.

They are stunning - nature's version of a light show - and we hope it'll bring us a bit of zen whilst isolating and getting frustrated at being stuck inside.

The lights of course don't happen every night, but it just so happens that March is a great time to see them.

The feed, located here, actually says that late winter and early spring are the best time to see the lights.

Aurora Borealis is another term for Northern Lights (Credit: Pxhere)
Aurora Borealis is another term for Northern Lights (Credit: Pxhere)

The Northern Lights can occur all year round and night or daytime, it's just easier to see them in the darker (winter) months of the year and at night as they are then visible to the eye.

But according to Aurora Zone (a Northern Lights holiday company) it's hard to predict what exact time is best to spot them.

It says on its website: "As a naturally occurring phenomenon, the appearance of the Northern Lights is notoriously difficult to predict any further in advance than about two hours before it happens."

So if you're on the lookout, just make sure you're looking at night.

The livecam to see the lights is on Explore (Credit: Pixabay)
The livecam to see the lights is on Explore (Credit: Pixabay)

Of course, nighttime in Canada is different to the UK. So to catch the live feed at the right time you need to log on between 2am and 11am British time - that's overnight in Manitoba.

This will give you the best chance of seeing the beautiful lights which, FYI, are caused by earth's magnetic fields interacting with charged particles from the sun.

Click here to check out the live stream now.

Topics: Life News, Life, Nature

Lauren Bell
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