Aurora borealis and dark skies

The dark skies of the north-east in the winter months are a perfect backdrop for the Aurora Borealis, a phenomenon of coloured light, rippling through the sky like a giant theatrical backdrop.

The longer, darker nights between October and March are best and they typically show up between 9pm and midnight.

This magical sight is fairly rare, even in the north, but if you have the right app, and can stand in the cold for long enough, you’ll be rewarded with one of the best sights you’ll ever see.

Sometimes called the Northern Lights, because they appear in the north, and sometimes called the Merry Dancers, because of their gracious, rippling movement, the Aurora Borealis is caused by electrically charged particles from space entering the Earth’s upper atmosphere at a very high speed.

And the Moray Coast is one of the best places to experience it. The 50-mile stretch of north-facing coast is the perfect blank canvas on which the dancers can perform. The beach stretching from Findhorn to Burghead is ideal, as it is completely devoid of light pollution, and if you are a photographer, you can find places to step back inland and get some foreground.

It is pure magic, and people do wait all their lives to see it. Get more information from AuroraWatchUK, and search your app store for ‘Aurora’.