Fall is here, and we could not be happier. People online have already started sharing glimpses of the first day of fall on September 23, 2019. While the autumn fall leaves in shades of red, yellow, purple, blue, orange, magenta, black and brown will brighten the ground, the night sky has its way to talk. September equinox 2019 is considered to be the best time for sky gazers to witness northern lights and auroras. It occurs depending on the strength of the solar wind. Those who do not know what northern lights are or are wondering where the best place to see auroras is, we have got you covered. All your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) answered. Best Time to See Northern Lights Is This Monday; Here's When You Can See Auroras in the Night Sky.
Is 2019 a Good Year to See Northern Lights?
According to Rodney Viereck of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States, the Sun goes through about 11-year-cycle. It includes three to four years of solar maximum—which creates a lot of northern lights activity followed by a couple of years of transition to three to four years of solar minimum. Unfortunately, 2019 is closer to solar minimum. And it means that this time there will be a very little activity. First Day of Fall 2019 on September: What Is Fall Equinox? What Happens During the Autumn Equinox? All Your FAQs Answered.
Is the Autumn Equinox Always on the Same Day?
No, because the equinox is not a daylong event. It is defined by the position of the Earth and the Sun at a particular moment. This year, the autumn equinox is on September 23 at 7:50 am UT.
Can You See Northern Lights in Daylight?
The northern lights are active all year. But it needs to be dark to see the auroras. Late August or September or the beginning of autumn is considered the best time to go to a destination located in the auroral zone to see them.
What Time Will the Northern Lights Be Visible?
The northern lights will be visible in the early hours of September 23, 2019. The auroras will be noticeable, especially around the Arctic Circle at 1:20 pm.
How Do Northern Lights Happen?
When the charged particles from the Sun meets filed lines of the Earth’s magnetic field, northern lights happen.
What Time Is the 2019 Autumn Equinox?
According to the Universal Time Coordinated (UTC), Fall Equinox 2019 will occur on September 23 at 7:50 am UT which is 3:50 am EDT, and 12:50 am PDT.
Where Can You See the Aurora Lights?
Aurora lights are expected to be clearly visible around the Arctic Circle at around 64°-70° N in Alaska, northern Canada, southern Greenland, Iceland, northern Scandinavia, and northern Russia. If the lights are very clear, those living in the US-Canada border will be able to see the celestial event.
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As equinox arrives, the viewing conditions are much better because it gets darker for longer. Hence, the autumn equinox is considered the best to witness the heavenly event. So, sky watchers, are you ready for the auroras?