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How to View the Aurora

Aurora with Reds

I used to think it was important to watch the moon phases and to book on dark nights. But, I've had some great photos with the moon in the photo with the aurora. However, if you are so inclined, here is a link to the Moon Phases Calendar

The Aurora Borealis is an amazing phenomenon. Believe it or not, with some research, you can understand the possibility of its appearance within a 2-3 day timeframe based on scientific data; But, more specifically within an hour or so of its arrival. You cannot predict them weeks or months in advance. Optimal Aurora viewing season in Fairbanks is mid-August to early-to-mid-April, although it can on rare occasions be seen at other times. Darkness is a significant factor in Fairbanks. When planning your vacation, check out this Sunrise/Sunset Calendar and do your research. There are, of course, no guarantees you will see this naturally occurring phenomenon, but if you do catch the show, it is ethereal!

Aurora from nice warm house


THE SPACE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER OF THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION is key to predicting the appearance of the Aurora Borealis. Understanding the data is important. Do your research before you go so you can make the most of your Northern Lights experience. 

HINT: You want the BZ to be a negative number...The larger the better.  


"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork." Psalms 19:1

Northern Lights with reds
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