Northern Light Fact #3 – The Color

Why are the Northern Lights so often green?

The colors of Auroras are influenced by the composition of gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere. Solar particles interact with various gasses at distinct altitudes, with the most common collision occurring between 100 to 300 kilometers above the ground. Within this range, particles striking oxygen atoms produce the well-known green hues. Beyond 300 kilometers, the lights take on a red hue, while below 100 kilometers, the colors become more varied. Recognized colors for Northern Lights include green, pink, red and green mixtures, pure red, yellow, pure blue, orange, and white.

The human eye is more sensitive to green than other colors, making it easier for us to perceive the Northern Lights in shades of green. This phenomenon is a key reason why photographs of the Aurora Borealis often capture colors that were not visibly apparent to the naked eye at the time.

Read more from The Aurora Zone.

Also check this article about the true colors of Aurora Borealis.

Eager to witness the Northern Lights yourself?

If our insights have sparked your curiosity and you wish to see the mesmerizing colors of the Northern Lights with your own eyes, explore our Aurora tours. Apukka Resort stands renowned as one of the premier locations in Lapland for Aurora sightings. Our strengths lie not only in the ideal Arctic setting and a diverse array of activities but also in our distinctive accommodation offerings, featuring cozy glass igloos that provide a perfect vantage point for skygazing from the comfort of your bed.


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