The "Northern Lights" are named for the Roman goddess of dawn – Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind – Boreas.

The Northern Lights glow and dance in the night sky. The Cree call it the "Dance of the Spirits".

Aurorae often appear as curtains of light that stretch across the sky. These spectacular wave-like light patterns – usually made up of fluorescent greens, sometimes including faint red – can change in seconds or remain in the same for hours.

What is the science behind this amazing magical sight? An aurora is the result of the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles come from the magnetosphere and solar wind and, on Earth, are directed by the magnetic field into the atmosphere.

In Fort McMurray, we enjoy some of the most spectacular aurorae to be seen.