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Northern Lights

The greatest nature's light show can be observed in Vermont


Last updated: by Olga Valchyshen
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Vermont is located beyond the so-called aurora oval around magnetic poles. However, if the geomagnetic activity is high enough, Vermont residents and guests have a solid chance to see the beautiful spectacle which colors the skies in green, purple, and red. The northern lights could be seen quite well in the North Country and Upper Valley regions.

The season of northern lights chase starts in the fall. The times of autumn and spring equinoxes usually coincide with increased geomagnetic activity, hence your chances to see northern lights in Vermont grow. Winter is also a good time to chase aurora due to darker and longer nights. By April, your chance to see aurora decrease considerably. Don't forget to check KP-index of geomagnetic activity. If it's higher than 5, you can pack your photo gear and try your luck in chasing the elusive aurora.

Malletts Bay located 8 mi (13 km) north of Burlington is a popular spot for aurora borealis chasers. It forms a kind of peninsula on Lake Champlain shoreline, which provides good visibility and water reflections in all directions. Delta Park in Colchester and Colchester Point are suitable places in the area. The skiing resort of Stowe is another good spot that has advantages due to higher elevation and beautiful landscape.

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