The weather gods are smiling upon Iceland as the current conditions tonight might bring some Northern Lights.
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For most people travelling to Iceland, seeing the Aurora Borealis is that one bucket list item they are just itching to cross off. If you’re in Reykjavík tonight, you might be in luck.
According to the Icelandic Bureau of Meteorology ‘Veðurstofan,’ the chance of seeing the lights tonight is moderately high.
The Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis), are a natural phenomenon. It is caused by electrically charged particles in the atmosphere reacting with each other. When the particles return to a more stable state, they release photons (light particles). When this happens in large numbers, enough light is created for us to see them.
The colour palette of the Northern Lights is quite extensive. They can be green, purple, white, blue, yellow or red, but the most common colour of the lights above Iceland is green. For the lights to be visible, there need to be clear and dark skies.
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The rating given to the likelihood of the lights being present in the night sky is called the Kp Index. It’s a scale between 0 and 9. The Northern lights can start becoming visible at a rating of Kp 2. Tonight’s index is predicted to be Kp 4, so there’s a chance you might see this elusive wonder if you rug up and head outside.
The highest chance of activity is between 8 pm and 12 pm. The further away you can get from light pollution, the better your chances of seeing them.
So if you are thinking about a country getaway, tonight’s not a bad time. Having said that, meteorologists can predict the chances of seeing them, but they are after all a natural phenomenon, meaning they can be a bit of a diva at times and refuse to show up; but isn’t that part of their allure?