West Kelowna  

Northern lights captured filling the sky with eerie glow

Okanagan sky ablaze

Mother Nature has been putting on quite a show this summer in the Okanagan.

Kyle Goodwin tells Castanet he was up late on Sunday night and enjoying the sights from the Glenrosa area of West Kelowna.

“We were about to leave and then we actually looked up and we saw them — I got some really good pictures.”

Goodwin says the show lasted about five minutes before slowly fading away, “it was really cool.”

This has been a good summer for the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis.

The aurora borealis occurs in the Northern Hemisphere when the sun’s electrically charged particles, riding on a solar wind, enter the Earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases — namely oxygen and nitrogen.

When the sun is at its most active is when you're most likely to catch a spectacular display. The name comes from Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn, and Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind. Much of Canada’s North lies beneath the Northern Hemisphere’s Auroral Oval, a hot spot for activity.

Star gazers are also in for a treat this weekend as the Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak.

The Perseid shower will peak from Aug. 11 to 12 and typically it’s possible to see between 50 and 75 shooting stars per hour at the peak.

More West Kelowna News