Northern lights best in a decade this December

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Northern lights best in a decade this December
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Norway's official travel guide is expecting a surge of tourists rushing to see the Northern Lights this winter after NASA scientists predicted a new December peak in solar maximum activity.


"We're expecting an increase from last year, which was already a peak year," Mona Raa Ravndal of Visit Norway told The Local. "There's been a gradual increase in tourists coming to see the Northern Lights since about 2007." 
Senior NASA scientists are predicting that this December will offer the best conditions for seeing the Northern Lights in at least the next decade. 
Todd Hoeksema, the Director of the Wilcox Solar Observatory at Stanford University, said in a NASA video released in August that the sun was set to undergo a "solar flip", a “complete field reversal” of its polar magnetic fields.
The Northern Lights phenomenon,  known to scientists as Aurora Borealis, is dependent on an eleven year solar cycle, with the “solar flip” period offering the most vibrant colours, and clearest definition. 


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