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Old August 14th, 2008, 05:10 PM
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has anyone ever had any luck seeing this? juneau is as far north as our cruise is going and from what i have read it doesn't sound likely but you never know.
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Yes, the first time i went to alaska, the sky was clear that night and the bus driver told us about the northern lights and got to see them, we were in haines, tried to video tape them, but you couldnt see anything on the video.

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We went to Juneau on our cruise but we didn't see the northern lights. I don't think you are far enough into Alaska to see it. Hanies is a little more in. It also maybe time of year. We went to Juneau at the beginning of June.
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You are NEVER going to see any Aurora in June, anywhere in Alaska, it is not dark enough. Earliest I have seen them is late August. I have seen them several times, but only once on the Inside Passage, IF a priority, get to Fairbanks, late in the season, and park yourself there for several days. DAILY consult the Geophysical Fairbanks U website for daily predictions. You need at least an "active" prediction, the site is highly accurate. Even with the active prediction, you need a dark clear night, meaning no cloud cover and full view of stars, even a full moon can wipe out a nice viewing.
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There is only one good night coming in the next month - September 6th. If you get a clear night you'll probably be able to see them in the northern part of SE Alaska ( http://www.gedds.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/ )
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There is only one good night coming in the next month - September 6th. If you get a clear night you'll probably be able to see them in the northern part of SE Alaska ( http://www.gedds.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/)
Great information thank you Karen and Yukon for sharing that. So it sounds like to the the Aurora it would be better to find a good day and book the cruise accordingly. Can you see it in Juneau on a good night?
This cruise would put in in Sitka on September 6. Can you see it there?

Ports of Call Arrival Departure

1 Whittier, Alaska --- 9:00 p.m.

2 Cruise Prince William Sound --- ---

2 Cruise College Fjord, Alaska --- ---

3 Sitka, Alaska 8:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

4 Juneau, Alaska 7:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.

5 Skagway, Alaska 7:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

5 Cruise Lynn Canal --- ---

6 Ketchikan, Alaska 11:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.

7 Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska --- ---

8 Vancouver, British Columbia 8:00 a.m. ---
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Oh darn,
I was hoping to catch some next week
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Oh darn,
I was hoping to catch some next week
You are sailing too early, extremely rare mid August, especially since you aren't going interior Alaska.
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There is only one good night coming in the next month - September 6th. If you get a clear night you'll probably be able to see them in the northern part of SE Alaska ( http://www.gedds.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/)
Great information thank you Karen and Yukon for sharing that. So it sounds like to the the Aurora it would be better to find a good day and book the cruise accordingly. Can you see it in Juneau on a good night?
This cruise would put in in Sitka on September 6. Can you see it there?

Ports of Call Arrival Departure

1 Whittier, Alaska --- 9:00 p.m.

2 Cruise Prince William Sound --- ---

2 Cruise College Fjord, Alaska --- ---

3 Sitka, Alaska 8:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

4 Juneau, Alaska 7:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.

5 Skagway, Alaska 7:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

5 Cruise Lynn Canal --- ---

6 Ketchikan, Alaska 11:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.

7 Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska --- ---

8 Vancouver, British Columbia 8:00 a.m. ---

No, you aren't going to see ANYTHING in "Juneau". Way too early for any aurora, unless going last cruise of the season, end of Sept. THEN it is WAY too light in Juneau, so you'd have to be away, sailing. Actually cruise ships are too light, with poor viewing. IF you happen to be on an older ship, like Princess Sun/Dawn, etc, which have those open decks below the bridge, they are the best viewing. Out on deck of a regular cruise ship, again way too much light around you.

With this itinerary, northbound in Sept, is FAR superior, and then take time to get and stay interior, Denali Park and north offers the most.

In Fairbanks, a car is necessary. You will NOT see much of anything from the city, you need to get out. I especially like pulling off the side of the Steese, just over the hill past the Chena Hot Springs exit.
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Sorry, Karen, but with an aurora forecast that strong, sightings in Juneau ARE possible on September 6th. Juneau is just over 100 miles south of me, and I plan to be sitting in the hot tub watching them that night
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Hey Ken,
Are they predicting any for this comming week? Leaving in a few for the airport and Seattle...Still on the warm side there, but I will be looking in the evening for some Northern lights, just in case :-)
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Sorry, Donna, no good aurora nights until Sept 6 - the forecast site is at http://www.gedds.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/
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Sorry, Donna, no good aurora nights until Sept 6 - the forecast site is at http://www.gedds.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/
OK so if the forecast is in red or green there is a chance of seeing the NL if the skies are clear?? We will be there Sept 17-24..

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Sorry, Karen, but with an aurora forecast that strong, sightings in Juneau ARE possible on September 6th. Juneau is just over 100 miles south of me, and I plan to be sitting in the hot tub watching them that night
They are leaving Juneau at 11pm, it is far more likely the aurora will be much later than that, so they will be viewing from the ship and not from Juneau.
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OK so if the forecast is in red or green there is a chance of seeing the NL if the skies are clear?? We will be there Sept 17-24..

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Red is good viewing, yellow is moderate (poor by my standards), green is virtually no chance. It's not looking good for you at this point, Kelly
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OK so if the forecast is in red or green there is a chance of seeing the NL if the skies are clear?? We will be there Sept 17-24..

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Red is good viewing, yellow is moderate (poor by my standards), green is virtually no chance. It's not looking good for you at this point, Kelly
Well we have a yellow day on Sat.. maybe we will get lucky and have clear skies..I think Sat is the day we cruise Glacier Bay..Maybe we will get lucky and have a red day on the Sunday Monday and Tuesday..
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