Winter Skies: Aurora and Astronomy in Churchill Session I
Located directly beneath the aurora oval, Churchill, Manitoba is the best place on Earth to view the aurora borealis, the spectacular atmospheric phenomenon better known as the Northern Lights. For over 240 years, astronomers and physicists have journeyed to Churchill to probe the upper atmosphere with cameras, balloons, and even rockets. You, too, can marvel at the aurora from the comfort of the CNSC's heated viewing dome by night and explore the Churchill area by day. Local tours, cultural presentations and an afternoon of dog sledding offer a taste of life in the sub-arctic. The Churchill Northern Studies Centre, your home for five days, sits in the shadow of massive 1950's era rocket launch towers. As the lights arc overhead in curtains of white, green and red, you'll swear you can hear the countdown.