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I remember reading in 2011 that 2013/2014 would be the peak of the current solar maximus, but I want to confirm whether that is still ongoing. Will the upcoming winter season be a good time to see the Northern Lights?

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From this data here:

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/SolarCycle/

http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml

We are in a local maximum but the actual values have been lower than predicted for this time.

As for getting an idea for the aurora, I would keep an eye on the sunspot numbers and the space weather.

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/today.html

http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast

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