Some night skies are serene and passive -- others shimmer and flash. The later, in the form of auroras and meteors, haunted skies over the island of Kvaløya, near Tromsø Norway on 2009 December 13. This 30 second long exposure records a shimmering auroral glow gently lighting the wintery coastal scene. A study in contrasts, the image also captures the sudden flash of a fireball meteor from the excellent Geminid meteor shower of 2009. Streaking past familiar stars in the handle of the Big Dipper, the trail points back toward the constellation Gemini, off the top of the view. ⠀
Credit & Copyright: Bjørnar G. Hansen⠀
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I get quite a few questions about the aurora borealis so I thought I’d use this caption to address the most frequent ones I hear. Save this post so you can refer back to it when planning your own aurora chasing vacation. Also, come say hi 👋🏼 1- When is the best time to visit Alaska if I want to see the aurora The answer, unfortunately, is a little tricky. The phenomena that causes the aurora can happen anytime, day or night, all year, but you can only SEE the aurora borealis when it’s dark. And I live somewhere that doesn’t get dark enough to see them between May and August. I’ve seen them in April, and some of my best ever Aurora pictures were in late August, but visiting in the middle of the winter during the long dark nights can increase your chances, but it’s still not guaranteed to see them, because….
2- How far in advance can the aurora be forecast 5 days ahead of time we can have a *somewhat* accurate forecast, but we won’t really know until 60 minutes ahead of time. That one-hour forecast, however, is very accurate. I use a some apps with push notifications so I know when to turn off Netflix and go outside 😂
This obviously isn’t very convenient for vacation planning. Your best bet is to just move here. Look into it.
3- Should I fly to Fairbanks or Anchorage Nothing against Anchorage, it’s a cool place to visit, but Fairbanks is a million times better for seeing the northern lights. It has more clear nights because it’s farther from the ocean, and it’s easier to get away from the city lights because Fairbanks is smaller. The Fairbanks area also lies directly underneath the most active band of aurora activity. Sometimes I see them to the north, sometimes to the south, and quite often they’re straight up spanning the sky from the east to the west.
Ok so there’s 3 answers & it looks like I’m out of room. Anything else I need to cover in my next aurora post •
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Real proud of this cutie 🙏
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