(3 Minute Read) Dover, Ohio – On Monday, February 24th, Fred Wyman, Dover resident, and world traveler, will share the excitement of having traveled to the Arctic Circle in search of the northern lights.
Unfortunately, his first trip ended in a shipwreck, but it gave him an opportunity to return at a later date to see the splendor of the northern lights for a second time.
The northern lights, also known as the polar lights, are an aurora in the Earth’s sky. The lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. These light displays appear above the magnetic poles of the Earth. In the northern regions, they are known as the “aurora borealis” while in the southern hemisphere they are called the “aurora australis.”
The best places in North America to watch the lights are in Alaska and the northwestern parts of Canada, particularly the Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories. Winter in the north is generally a good season to view the shimmering lights because the long periods of darkness and the frequency of clear nights allow many opportunities to watch the auroral displays.
The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 24 in the community room at the library, which is located at 525 N. Walnut Street in Dover. Call the library at 330-343-6123 to register for the program.