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PHOTOS: Northern lights dance again in North Okanagan sky

If you missed the colourful display Sunday night, aurora borealis activity remains elevated tonight

The sky in and around the Okanagan was lit up with the beautiful colours of the aurora borealis on Sunday night.

Dozens of individuals glanced out of their homes to see the sky laden with green, yellow and even red hues, around 10:30 p.m.

The northern lights are typically seen between the months of October to March. According to the Government of Canada, auroras form when charged particles (electrons and protons) collide with gases in Earth’s upper atmosphere. Those collisions produce tiny flashes that fill the sky. The billions of tiny flashes then seem to merge in sequence, to create the dancing effect in the sky.

Earth’s magnetic field steers the charged particles towards the poles, in both the North and South. That is why, in areas such as the Yukon and Northwest Territories, auroras occur seemingly every night.

If you went to bed early and didn’t catch the display overhead, not to worry, as the activity level of the borealis is expected to remain high until March 2.

You can check on activity level at

READ MORE: PHOTOS: Northern Lights display over the Okanagan


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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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