While vacations across the region have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, it doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun from the comfort of your couch. Bring the adventure inside and plan the ultimate staycation around Explore.org’s Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights livestream.
The 24-hour livestream transports viewers to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada to get an up-close view of the northern lights phenomena. While winter is usually the peak season to see the lights in action, viewers can still try to catch the lights between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. The stream can also be rewound up to 12 hours, so you can start off your morning with nature’s beautiful light show with your cup of coffee.
According to the Northern Lights Centre, the northern lights are “the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere.” These collisions create a variety of colors depending on the gas particles colliding, including yellow, green, blue, violet and red, with green and yellow being the most common and red being the rarest.
Representatives at Explore.org say the livestream has already seen an, “80% to 85% increase in viewership since the stay-at-home orders took effect compared to last year.”
Let the stay-at-home adventures continue as Explore.org offers hundreds of other livestreams, including the popular bald eagle cam in Decorah, Iowa and the Channel Islands, brown bears in Katmai, Alaska and multiple puppy cams featuring future service dogs.
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