Nahanni National Park Reserve is a landscape like no other. Tucked into the territory’s southwest flank, it is a wilderness paradise sliced by great waters and prickling with peaks. It’s a place of great beauty and great intrigue. It’s nature on its grandest scale.
In the Yellowknife area of the Northwest Territories, the Aurora is visible for an average of 200 nights per year. That’s nearly every single night of the late summer, autumn, winter and early spring.
Why is it so frequent here? Because the Northwest Territories enjoys crystal-clear skies, ultra-low humidity, and its perfect location beneath the band of maximal Auroral activity – what astronomers call the “Auroral oval.”
‘Endless vistas for the backdrop of the most incredible night sky imaginable. Aurora borealis, stars that never set, stars you cannot see anywhere south of Greenland. The angles for star light to enter and pass through the atmosphere give rise to twinkles of red, green, blue violet.’
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!