March 8, 2012 |
Travelers in Alaska, Canada, the northern Plains, parts of the Midwest and much of the West tonight (Thursday) may be treated to a northern lights display more intense than usual because of the powerful solar storm hitting the Earth's surface, according to science and weather reports. The geomagnetic storm reached Earth about 5:45 a.m. EST Thursday. Scientists say the initial storm has been weaker than expected but may intensify later today. Northern lights trackers say tonight could bring a spectacular show to mid- and high latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere.
December 12, 2012 |
Desperately seeking reindeer? Long after the Christmas season has ended, Travcoa leads a March tour of Finland and Sweden to see the real animals in their native Lapland. Participants on the 15-day Scandinavian trip meet the Sami, the indigenous people who herd reindeer, and learn some of their traditions by celebrating St. Maria's Day with them. Excursions via snowmobile, dog sled and even reindeer-pulled sleighs explore the arctic landscape. Highlights include crossing the Arctic Circle, spending a night in the famed Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, viewing the northern lights too touring Helsinki, where the trip begins, and Stockholm, where it ends.
April 7, 2011
Times reader "jkunimoto" shot this photo of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, during a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. "I was not able to see the aurora at its fullest, but I was still happy to see something," she said. Aurora borealis occur when atomic particles in the Earth's upper atmosphere strike atoms. This interaction causes light of varying wavelengths to be released, producing bands of color in a zone around the North Pole. The effect may be magnified during solar activity, such as during the solar flare in February . View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
February 2, 2012 |
The northern lights bring fabulous streaks of greens, blues, yellows and pinks across the night sky in northern climes including Alaska, Canada, parts of the northern U.S. and Europe. Canadian outfitter Brewster Vacations offers a "quick escape" tour with two nights spent viewing the surreal color fest at Fort McMurray, an 1870 Hudson Bay Co. trading post in Alberta, Canada. Guests check out the town by day and then stay up late for guided viewing of the aurora borealis. Be prepared for cold and snow on this trip (warm clothes come with the package)
February 3, 1991
By W. S. Di PIERO Unhurt but still cheerless, alert on our green terrace to promise or grievance, waiting for a sign from the sky, a bestowal, or intelligence vouchsafed --that we could love without loss, or that love could save time spent loving-- we watched the swallows' tumbling flight, twilight's leafy dust trembling behind the chopped medieval towers.
February 17, 2013 |
Here, in alphabetical order, are 10 places I'd like to see in 2013. Several are cities, one is a state, three are entire nations, and all have interesting things happening in the weeks and months ahead. Will I get to them all? Probably not. But if I did, in alphabetical order, come December, I'd be able to swagger into some stylish Seoul watering hole, possibly limping slightly from a sled-dog mishap under the northern lights, but gamely standing rounds and spinning yarns of Ecuadorean trainspotting and what I learned from the reenactors at Gettysburg, Pa. Would you listen?