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Old March 23rd, 2008, 02:41 PM
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Default Northern Lights Likely- Upcoming Alaska Cruise?

Question for those who've sailed to Alaska, or for those who live there -
"How likely is it that I'll see the Northern Lights from the cruise ship or while in port, during the first week of June"? I'm sailing inside passage.

For those who've been lucky enough to see the lights while cruising:
1. What month was it?
2. Where were you at the time/location (on ship/offship as well)
3. What time of night was it?

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Old March 23rd, 2008, 10:48 PM
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Here's a photo taken a few days ago way *above* Alaska:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/...23e008018.html
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I had heard they were visible on my Alaska cruise in early Sept. It was super early in the AM from ship...I think its one of those hit or miss type of things, you could get lucky and view them.
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Donna is right, it's hit or miss. Honestly, because of all the daylight we've got in June, I wouldn't count on it. I don't even see stars out on most nights in May, June and July - for one, it's overcast most of the time, and two, it just never gets really dark that time of year.

We had a good display last week here in Juneau, but viewing the Aurora in the summertime is a rare treat indeed!

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I have seen aurora many times in Alaska, but most of it on my March trips.

Earliest I saw it in "season" was end of August. For the best chance you need interior Alaska and Sept. with plenty of TIME.

Daily check the predictions at the Fairbanks U geophysical web site. You need DARK Clear nights and many hours. If you have cloud cover, won't matter how good the predictions are, you won't see aurora.

Get to Fairbanks with a one way northbound cruise. Be certain to have a car. Choose your lodging very carefully and don't stay in the city. Be willing to go out and drive at night.

This is general information, but you have NO CHANCE of seeing anything in June. Does not get anywhere near dark enough.
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Only one time, when i was much younger, living in Indiana did I see the lights. Of course we didn't know what it was, and it was very unusual for the show to be that far south, but once was unforgetable. If I never see them again, well, thats okay, but if I do, I will be in awe and wonder like i was as a teenager.
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Kenish - thanks for the lovely NASA pic!

Others - appreciate knowing it doesn't get dark enough in June...I wasn't sure which months had the cloudy nighttime skies and the longer daylight hours, etc. I won't stay up late or get up early hoping to view the lightshow! You saved me some sleep time! I
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Default northern lights

I was wondering the same thing.
I looked up the weather in each of the ports etc but did not do the research on this yet.
Which ship and date are you on?

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Sailing on the Princess Star out of Seattle June 1st - counting down!
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Default Auroa - Island Princess

We are on the Island Princess out of Anchorage. We are doing the land part first and then getting on the boat. The tour is 17S. I'm a bit nervous about such a big trip.

We get on the Boat on June 2
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