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Kelley July 27th, 2003 08:16 AM

Aurora Borealis
Has ANYONE who has been to Alaska THIS summer, seen the Aurora Borealis? If so, where were you and what time was it?


dustyroad July 27th, 2003 09:52 AM

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good question. i will be keeping an eye on your post as i would love to think i will be able to see them also when i go to the inside passage in sept. i hope there is a little bit of a chance they might be visible then. dusty

Karen16 July 27th, 2003 10:59 AM

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It's still been too light. For any chance be out by 0100 and invest several hours. Some lodging interior will ring you if visable, but you really need to get out of lighted areas. My favorite "fast " place is to pull off on the Steese highway- just over the hill past the Chena Hot Springs exit. This web site send out email updates.


Sky watchers at high and middle latitudes should be alert for the possibility of minor to major storm conditions on July 26 - 28. Isolated periods of strong auroral substorm activity may be intense enough to be observed as far south as Washington State, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The United Kingdom, the northern Netherlands, northern Germany, northern Russia, southern Australia and New Zealand are expected to see activity as well. The source for this disturbance is a high speed coronal wind stream which will most likely enhance geomagnetic conditions through August 3.

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dustyroad July 27th, 2003 11:01 AM

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karen 16

thanks for the reply. i was hoping for a sighting but the trip will still be awesome.

Chuck Palm July 27th, 2003 12:30 PM

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Don't hold your breath, it is very rarely seen.

Delores July 27th, 2003 06:59 PM

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We used to see it when I lived in Montana, but it was in the wintertime.

luv2cruise August 13th, 2003 01:25 PM

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I read somewhere that you can only see it in Alaska in the winter months. It's so spectacular that I thought we would try to schedule our cruise around it, but I don't think Alaska in the winter is for me even if the cruise ships were running. :)

Old Gordo August 13th, 2003 04:38 PM

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We just returned from a cruise in which we saw a modest showing of the Aurora last week. It was more static than some of the "shows" that I have seen in videos shot during winter months.

It first appeared about 10:30 on a clear night when cruising from Skagway to Glacier Bay. It reappeared about 2:30 am that night. We were fortunate to see another show 2 nights later when cruising to Sitka. This one appeared about 11:30pm.

Based on the reaction of the crew, it is very unusual to see the Aurora Borealis in the summer. Partly because any cloudiness will prevent viewing and also because of ambient light.

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