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Jan 26th, 2012, 03:12 PM
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Anyone done Aurora Borealis in Alaska?

I posted a message a few days ago but not in the form of a question......has anyone done a winter Aurora Borealis trip to Alaska and, if so, what recommendations can they make re: lodging, locations, day plans, etc.? Thanks!
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Jan 26th, 2012, 03:46 PM
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aknards, not to burst any bubbles here, but seeing the aurora is not a sure thing just because you are there in the right season.
We were there for several weeks and never saw them. Best of luck to you in your quest!
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Jan 26th, 2012, 05:06 PM
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This year isn't supposed to be the year. If you look at long range predictions, they peak every 11 or 7 years(something like that). Anyway, I think 2013 and 2014 is supposed to be the year that is peak. I am pretty sure last year was bad.

All this said, I have been seeing on the news that the sun has been really flaring up.

I guess they predict them with some accuracy, but I think it is still very sketchy.

Link to Bettles Alaska website and what I would consider the best place to see it.
http://www.alaska.net/~bttlodge/aurora.html

Here is another place that is easier to get to and less expensive.
http://www.chenahotsprings.com/

I have not been to Alaska in the winter, but I have researched it a lot as it is something I would like to do. The longer you can stay the better you chance of seeing it, of course. I decided to go ahead an post, since you didn't get many responses before. I have seen the Aurora's once here in Oklahoma about 7 years ago. I thought it was a fire at first. It was red, but looked like a wierd fire.

Here is a link that predict them
http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast
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Jan 26th, 2012, 05:13 PM
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Jan 26th, 2012, 05:20 PM
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I'm thinking that something might be wrong at the gi.alaska site.

Here is an intersting AP
http://www.softservenews.com/Aurora-...ia-Twitter.htm
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Jan 27th, 2012, 04:35 AM
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Thanks, everyone! This year is actually supposed to be quite good because of the unusually active solar flaring but, obviously, there are never any guarantees. I appreciate your input........
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Jan 28th, 2012, 03:01 PM
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For your viewing pleasure

http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news...ross-the-north

Really do hope you get to see the aurora in person!
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Jan 28th, 2012, 03:18 PM
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Thanks, saige!
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You're welcome!
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Dec 6th, 2012, 01:57 PM
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gfreeman,

You answered a post that is 11 months old. Also, the area you mention definately has a lot of aurora activity, but it is far less than the area north of Fairbanks.
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Dec 6th, 2012, 02:18 PM
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Sorry, just thought I'd share this one. Should look at the dates though...
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