Do you see the colors of the Aurora Borealis with the naked eye? I just returned from Iceland and could only see the colors thru a camera with special settings. I wondered if the colors are vivid in Yellowknife?
You can see the aurora with naked eye in Yellowknife. Yes, it's truly magnificent. Initially I was disappointed to see the color was not exact green as I expected how it comes out in camera with special settings.
However, in the pitch dark area during Aurora village tour and next day Aurora Hunting Tour (much better option btw than Aurora Village) We saw dancing auroras and much beautiful sightings.
Iceland -Ive been in the summer there, Im sure it's amazing in winter as well. However, the weather is unpredictable in Iceland.
Unlike Yellowknife is clear skies throughout the year and more chance of seeing the auroras (240 days a year). Since it's located in Northwest Territories the winters are brutally cold. Although seeing those auroras with naked eye was completely worth it!!
Yes you could see the colours with the naked eye! They truly were fantastic!
There are colours that are not visible to the eye but you can only see thru a camera
The collisions cause the electrons of the atmospheric atoms to become excited. As the electrons return to their original energy levels, these atoms emit visible light of distinct wavelengths, to create the colors of the display we see. The color of the aurora depends on the wavelength of the light emitted.
Thus, the human eye primarily views the Northern Lights in faint colors and shades of gray and white. DSLR camera sensors don't have that limitation. ... However, the farther north your viewing location, the more colors you can actually see because the aurora is stronger.
When we visited Yellowknife last Oct for 2 nights, we saw the green red and blue dancing lights with our eyes no equipment required. I heard afterwards this is considered to be Level 5 which is the highest viewing capacity for the aurora.
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