Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights The aurora is a bright glow observed in the night sky, usually in the polar zone. In northern latitudes, it is known as the aurora borealis , which is named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas. Especially in Europe, it often appears as a reddish glow on the northern horizon, as if the sun were rising from an unusual direction. The aurora borealis is also called the northern lights since it is only visible in the North sky from the Northern Hemisphere. The aurora borealis most often occurs from September to April .
“Arsarnerit” is the Greenlandic name for Northern Lights . Directly translated it means “ the ones who played ball” . The old tale says that the parents threatened the children and told them that if they didn’t come home on time , they would cut their heads of and play ball with it .
Immediately this may not make any sence to you , unless you’ve already experienced the phenomena . But if you have , it does make sence . The amazing lights , that varies from green to red , blue , white and purple are constantly moving on the sky , as if they were living creatures . The light takes different shapes and colours from one second to another . On a cloudless evening the conditions are perfect for watching the Northern Lights . In the Ittoqqortoormiit area , the lights can be observed almost year around , but the best time is from October to early April .