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  • Can you see the northern lights in Alaska?

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    If so, where in alaska? Is there a certain time of year when it’s best to go see them?

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    Published on February 16, 2010 · Filed under: Other - United States; Tagged as: , ,
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2 Responses to “Can you see the northern lights in Alaska?”

  1. karenchii said on

    I’m pretty sure you can. I think you can even stay in cabins that are there for people to see the Northern Lights so they are in a good position.

  2. littlemissknowitall said on

    Go as far north as possible, such as Fairbanks. Then, go out of town, away from city lights. Fox and Cleary Summit and Chena Hot Springs are some of the places that people go near Fairbanks.
    Watch for them at night, from about 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wear warm clothing.
    Go when the weather is clearest. March and September/October tend to be good. They are visible in the other winter months, as well. You can look at weather records for different towns at
    Go when the nights are dark. September through mid-March. After that, it’s not dark enough to see them.
    Go to the web site of the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute for the aurora forecast. I’ve heard that the sun cycle is improving and that there will be better aurora each year, peaking in a few years.
    For information on aurora photography, go to the web site of Alaskan photographer Patrick Endres. He has some good instructions on how to take good aurora photos and what kind of equipment to bring.

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