Aurora Borealis In Stockholm

Northern lights or an aurora borealis is one of the most fascinating natural displays I could witness in Sweden. The only problem with them is, that they are usually not where you are and when you decided to go out in the cold for an ‘aurora hunt’, nothing shows up.

Despite all that, I became enthusiastic about them from the very first moment on when I saw them in Dalarna. And I even went to Lappland to study the physics behind the aurora in a university course.

aurora-sthlm-3Northern lights in Stockholm are pretty rare. Not only must the activity be quite high (around 5-6 kp), but also light pollution is fighting a clear display. However, it is possible to see them.

The week of September 26-30, 2017 was a week of high coronal activity with a geomagnetic storm of 6 kp almost every evening. I went outside several times just to come back having seen nothing, because clouds were covering the sky or just no aurora was showing up. However, on the night of September 28, I was lucky.

Waiting with my tripod set on a pier in Stockholm’s Hagaparken, a slight green tone covered the sky around 22.00h local time. One hour later, the display was so strong, that I could even take the time-lapse video shown above. And it was definitely worth waiting.

How to See an Aurora?

Well, you have to be there at the right time, at the right place. How this works, you can read in this article about my last aurora borealis in Stockholm. Happy hunting!