Exciting times are approaching for star gazers, astronomers and Northern Lights enthusiasts as NASA Solar Maximum predictions indicate a surge in the sun’s activity. Sol, the Earth’s sun, naturally moves through a cycle of surface activity that lasts for approximately 11 years and 2013 is the year in which the Solar Maximum is envisaged to reach its peak. Solar flares and sun spots can be seen during the cycle which range in intensity, providing peaks and falls throughout the 11 years of activity. NASA Solar Maximum predictions have previously indicated that, at the peak of the sun’s activity, the Northern Lights are clearer and even more incredible than at other times during the cycle. This is due to solar flares impacting the Earth’s magnetic field. Although current solar storm activity hasn’t reached the expected intensity as yet, the Solar Maximum could, in fact, occur in the latter months of 2013 and continue into 2014. This is fantastic news for those embarking on Northern Lights holidays as the Aurora is most visible during the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere.