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15 Reasons Why You Need To See The Northern Lights Before It's Too Late

The Northern lights, also called The Aurora Borealis are a spectacular display of shimmering light.

Those of us fortunate enough to live in the Northern hemisphere are treated every winter to beautiful, arching streams of light in iridescent shades of red, yellow, green, blue and violet. This awesome polar light happens when electrically charged particles from the sun collide with the gases in the earth's atmosphere.

There isn't much time in the year to witness this majestic light show, and it all depends on solar activity. So if you can get the timing just right, you'll be thanking your lucky stars!

These photos are 15 reasons why you'll want to add this trip to your Winter Bucket List.

The best time to view the Northern Lights is in winter, with longer periods of darkness and clearer nights.

This beautiful auroral display was captured in SwedenMia StålnackeUnless you're an astronaut, you'll have to settle for the digital version of a view like this:

Retired American astronaut, Scott Kelly tweeted this amazing photo of the aurora from space.Scott Kelly/Twitter @StationCDRKellyAccording to The Aurora Zone, the best months to visit dark sky reserves is between January and March, and the best light shows happen between 9:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.

A colourful display of auroras above Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CanadaAlija Bos PhotographyIt doesn't give you much time, but if you're lucky to catch a live glimpse of this light show, you'll remember it for the rest of your life!

Christopher Martin PhotographyAurora hunters can go dog sledding, camping and cross-country skiing under the stars!

Getty ImagesIt takes just the right combination of conditions to see a display like this one.

Alaskabydesign.comIncreasing light pollution is a big concern - it blocks out views like this one:

31128908 © Stephan Pietzko | Dreamstime.comthecanadianencyclopedia.caThankfully there are Dark Sky preserves that are totally free from artificial light.

Northern lights in the Yukon TerritoryRex Features.The Canadian PressThese beautiful light displays are always different - you won't see the same thing twice.

Richard GottardoThey're unpredictable too - you never know what colors or arrangements you'll get!

Richard GottardoAuroras are most visible during the sun's peak activity, called a solar maximum.

canadabydesign.caThis solar maximum started in 2007 and will end in 2018 - not much time left!

Getty ImagesAurora chasing is often the beginning of unexpected and awesome Northern adventure.

Adam HillIn the end, you'll have some pretty incredible pictures to prove it.

Beautiful lights over Nordeisa, Norway © 2015 Tor-Ivar NæssAnd you'll have some amazing stories to tell!

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