The Dolomites, with their majestic peaks and natural wonders, have always offered extraordinary spectacles. But what manifested in the early morning hours of September 25, 2023, exceeded all expectations: an extremely rare polar aurora tinged the sky with beautiful red hues.


A Light Show on the Plan de Corones

At 4 a.m. on Sept. 25, the polar aurora made its appearance in the Dolomites, giving spectators an extraordinary spectacle of dancing red lights in the night sky. The phenomenon was admired and captured by the webcam at Plan de Corones, one of the most popular ski resorts inSouth Tyrol.

Auroras, a phenomenon commonly associated with northern countries during the winter months, are extremely rare in the Alps. They are caused by charged particles from the Sun interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere, producing spectacular light shows in the sky.

The polar aurora in the Alps: a Rare Phenomenon

The polar aurora is a frequent phenomenon in northern countries during the long night season. However, in the Alps it is significantly rarer. What caused the specific phenomenon on that day was particularly intense solar activity.

Sigi Fink, a well-known Austrian meteorologist, commented on social media about the rarity of the event, explaining that “the Sun is currently very active and its prominences throw many burning particles into our atmosphere. Rarely can they be seen so far south.”

This extraordinary event confirmed, once again, how spectacular and unforeseen surprises nature can provide, capable of taking one’s breath away and leaving an indelible memory in those lucky enough to observe them. For those who were in the Dolomites that day, the polar aurora will undoubtedly be an unforgettable memory.

Polar dawn in the Dolomites, a spectacular event of nature’s beauty, a fascinating reminder of how full of wonder our world really is.

If you are planning your next trip to the Dolomites, you may not be able to count on a polar aurora, but you can be sure that the Italian mountains will always have something extraordinary to offer.