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  • When in Alaska do you see the northern lights is there a specific date or time?

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    tiffymarie1 asked:

    is it every night???

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    Published on September 25, 2009 · Filed under: Other - United States; Tagged as: ,

3 Responses to “When in Alaska do you see the northern lights is there a specific date or time?”

  1. preferably during the peak of the sun’s 11 year cycle, which should peak around late 2011 or early 2012

  2. The Northern Lights are out just about every night. The problem is that you can’t always see them as it may be too light out in spring and summer, clouds, rain or snow, too much light coming from town, etc. The best time to see them is in the fall and winter. They can be in any direction, they can zoom by fast or slow, some say they can even make a sound! Did you know that many asian folks believe that if you conceive a baby during the Northern Lights that the child will grow up to be healthy and prosperous? Many hotels have special rates and heavily advertise this idea. When we see that the forecast is for a good showing we get dressed warmly and drive to the nearby farm area (no city lights) and enjoy the show. Sometimes, the best place we watch them is right outside our front window!

  3. You don’t see them in the summer due to the long days we have. Spring and Fall tend to be less active. But Winter is the best time to see the Northern Lights. And generally, the further north you are the more often you will see them and the more intense they will be. I’ve found that the colder the night is, the more active the Northern Lights will be. This most likely has to due with the fact that extremely cold nights are clear nights. The Northern Lights can come out at any time during the night, you just have to keep peeking out the window. And the amount of Northern Lights depends on the activity on the sun. But, yeah, if you come up during the winter and go north, chances are you will see them.

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