Monday, July 29, 2013

Aurora Timelapse

My family and Facebook friends have already seen this. However, if you don't fall into one of those categories or perhaps hit this page from a Google search for Aurora Borealis, here is a nice timelapse video of the auroral display we witnessed during our trip to Fairbanks AK this past February. I wish I could take credit for the video, but it was created by a fellow guest at the B&B where we stayed. Unfortunately I can't properly credit him since I only knew him as Yu.

We were only in Fairbanks for 2 nights. The first night was cloudy and no aurora was visible. The 2nd day was also cloudy, but the skies cleared as night fell. We stayed awake waiting (and hoping) for an aurora display to begin. About 2 am AKST (UTC-9) we noticed the beginnings of an aurora that continued for several hours. To the naked eye, the lights are a paler green than that captured by the camera. Also, the movement of the aurora structures is not as obvious as in the time lapse video.

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