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Billie Lourd
Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd.
Photo: By Riccardo Ghilardi photographer (Eget arbeid) [CC BY-SA 3.0 eller GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons / @praisethelourd / Thomas Eckhoff
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The late Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher had an uncommon fascination with the Northern Lights. This Christmas, her daughter Billie Lourd went to Norway for a close encounter with the Aurora Borealis.

Published: 3 January 2018

At the end of 2016, Hollywood lost one of its best-loved actresses. Carrie Fisher – best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in Star Wars, but also as one of the punchiest people and wittiest authors in the industry – died December 27th that year, following a massive cardiac arrest the day before Christmas.     

Now, her only daughter pays tribute to her late mother, with Norwegian nature as an equally poetic and specatcular backdrop.

”Obsessed with the northern lights”

Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourde (25) is following in her mother’s footsteps.

The young acting talent is currently on the brink of her major breakthrough, with a supporting role in the two latest Star Wars movies in addition to becoming a main cast member of the horror anthology series American Horror Story.  

This Christmas – a year after her mother passed away – she went to Norway to honour Carrie Fisher’s memory with an experience her mother had a particular interest in.

“My momby had an otherworldly obsession with the northern lights, but I never got to see them with her.”

One of the most recent photos on Billie Lourd’s Instagram depicts the actress standing in a snow-covered Norwegian landscape, with arms stretched upwards to an intensely green sky which could only be described by just that word – “otherworldly”.   

“We journeyed to northern Norway to see if we might “see the heavens lift up her dark skirts and flash her dazzling privates across our unworthy irises”. And she did. I love you times infinity”, Lourd wrote in her touching Instagram tribute.

Kissing wolves

During her stay in Norway, Lourd also spent time in Bardu in Troms, where the world’s northernmost wildlife park, Polar Park, is located.

Here, a number of Northern species have their natural habitat – among them bear, white fox, lynx, moose, musk ox and wolf.

The latter animal has its own cabin named in its honor, the Wolf Lodge, where lucky visitors get to meet the predators up close.

This is where Billie had her close encounter with one of the mythical creatures – accompanied by the hashtag #wolfkissbliss. Photos on her Instagram show the actress being smooched on the lips by one of the wolves.

🐺💋🐺#wolfgang #wolfkissbliss @wolflodgenorway 📸:@thomaseckhoff

A post shared by Billie Lourd (@praisethelourd) on

The wolf photos were taken by Norwegian photographer Thomas Eckhoff, who confirms he was hired for the occasion this Christmas. 

– I would say it was a very nice shoot. It felt good being there – a unique moment, Eckhoff says to the Norwegian TV channel TV2.

The Northern Lights aren’t going anywhere

The Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis – is single-handedly and constantly a reason to head up north during the winter.

This phenomenon – part science, part mythology – has fascinated and excited spectators since ancient times, and nowadays, more visitors than ever choose to see “the sky’s own fireworks” with their own eyes. 

Solar activity takes place in cycles of 11 years, and the current one reached its apex in 2014. Does this mean that the sight of northern lights will diminish in power during the next decade? Only in southern regions, according to scientist Knut Lynne Hansen at Tromsø Geophysical Observatory. 

“It is true that we are past the northern lights climax which means there will be fewer observations around Oslo and further south. But under the auroral oval in Northern Norway we will not see any difference”, he explains to Visit Norway.    

You’ll find more information on the Northern Lights here.

Facts about the northern lights

How it works:

Charged particles from the sun are dragged into the atmosphere by the Earth's magnetic field.

The charged particles collide with nitrogen and oxygen atoms, releasing flashes of coloured light.

The colour of the lights depends of the type of atom involved in the collision. The composition of these atoms varies in different heights. This is the reason for the different colours of the northern lights. 

Red light occurs at 150 miles and above.

Green light occurs at up to 100 miles. 

Purple and blue light occurs at 60 miles and above, and up to 60 miles, respectively.

Aurora is the latin word for "dawn" and refers to the Roman goddess Aurora. Boreas is the Greek name for the north wind.

Source and more information: Northern lights infographic


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