2024 could be one of the best years to see the aurora borealis in Wales: tips for tourists
Wales is one of the best places in the world to watch the aurora borealis. This is due to its location in the north of Europe near the Arctic Circle, temperate climate, and increasing dark sky reserves that provide ideal conditions for aurora viewing.
The year 2024 could be one of the best years to watch the aurora in Wales, the BBC writes. As the 11-year solar cycle enters its most active phase, more sunspots and flares occur in the stars, which are the main sources of energy for the aurora.
The best places to observe in Wales are in the north of the country, away from artificial light sources. You can see the miracle of nature in the Bannau Bryheiniog (Brecon Beacons) and Erri (Snowdonia) National Parks, which are dark sky reserves.
In addition, you can admire the lights in the sky from the islands of Inis Ellie/Bardsie in Gwynedd and Presteigne and Norton in the Kingdom of Powys.
With the help of modern technology, such as aurora watching apps, you can significantly increase your chances of seeing this amazing phenomenon. These apps provide forecasts of the aurora and help you identify the best places to see it.
Here are some tips to help you see the aurora in Wales:
- Find a place with a dark sky: The aurora is best seen in the dark, so it's important to find a place where there is no artificial light and not to create it yourself with lanterns.
- Start watching the sky after sunset: The aurora usually appears a few hours after sunset.
- Be patient: The aurora can be unpredictable, so it's important to be patient and not give up if you don't see it right away.