Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights

Northern Lights off the beach at Rosehearty - Credit Emily Stephen

Rosehearty is no stranger to the majestic views of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights as they are more commonly known.  



So what are the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon which many regard as the holy grail of sky-watching!  The sky turns magnificent shades of blue, green, purple and pink.  This is caused by the Sun throwing off huge waves of energised particles into the Earth's upper atmosphere.  When the particles crash into the atmosphere, the magnetic field around the earth deflects and pushes the particles to the North Pole.  The superheated particles and gas create a truly breathtaking show across the night sky!


Why do you see them in Rosehearty?

Rosehearty is the perfect spot to see the Northern Lights mainly due to its extremely low level of light pollution, but also its northerly facing direction.


Will I see the Northern Lights in Rosehearty? 

You absolutely can, however, we can't say when or at what time.  The best place to find out if the Lights are showing is this website:

Aurora Watch UK

We would also suggest following the Rosehearty Community Facebook page for updates from our local Aurora Watchers:

Rosehearty Folk

(Top tip - if you want to see some photographs from locals of the Northern Lights around Rosehearty, search for "Northern Lights" or "Aurora Borealis" in the Rosehearty Folk Facebook group)

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