Turn out the light and look out into space. To see the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) is to see the meeting between space and Earth. We know today that it’s formed where we see it, of particles from the sun colliding with the outer parts of the atmosphere.
Abisko, in the middle of the auroral zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the Aurora Borealis. With its fresh, clear air and its practically permanent cloud-free sky the prerequisites in Abisko are optimal. More or less active northern lights can be seen almost every night.
Prepare yourself for a memorable night-time experience. You can see spectacular eruptions and later at night, calm pulsating aurora. Many people have heard the Aurora Borealis. It’s uncertain if the strange sounds really come from the aurora itself, but with amplifiers you can actually listen to the voices of space.
Inside the Aurora Sky Station, an aurora exhibition emphasizes observing and understanding the northern lights. The observations are made with the help of radio receivers and cameras. A scale model of the solar system helps to better understand the Aurora Borealis.
Imagine following the charged particles from the sun into the Earth’s atmosphere. Learn how these particles are captured by the magnetic field and driven to the poles. Every night there are guided tours to the universe of Aurora Borealis (northern lights).
Read more about the Northern Lights in Sweden and specifically what Abisko has to offer on the Swedish Tourist Association’s website.
Check out our two live cams. You can see the images they have captured during the last 24 hours.