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March 10th, 2011

Big Night Coming…?

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Aurora Borealis, X-Class Solar Flare, 2003
A major “X-class” solar flare exploded on the surface of the sun yesterday, an event which typically results in active and widespread Auroras here on Earth over the next 24-72 hours.  These things are always unpredictable, but weather permitting, the lights should be visible throughout Alaska and possibly as far south as the Canadian border … 
March 4th, 2011

Quite a Week

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Celestial Dance
Last night was our final one at Blachford Lake, and it didn’t disappoint. After a slow beginning at 7:30 pm, the lights really got going 3 hours later with a dramatic burst of activity that had everyone outside and gaping skyward.  I tried getting some broader landscapes like this one to balance the many detail … 
March 3rd, 2011

The Green Tsunami

Posted By Kevin Schafer
The Green Tsunami
Contrary to predictions the sky was largely quiet tonight, filled with lazy green smudges – from 8 pm until after midnight, nothing moved. Then, at about 1 am, the sky exploded with a fast-moving, shimmering display. The motion was so fast, in fact, that it was almost impossible to capture : as soon as you … 
March 2nd, 2011

Expectations

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Midnight on the Taiga
Last evening began with very high expectations : the forecast was for clear skies, and the aurora predictions were for another busy night. And when the first lights appeared early – about 8 pm – we settled in for what we thought would be a long, busy night. Then began what can only be called … 
March 1st, 2011

Midnight Magic

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Auroral Loop
The aurora forecasts for Monday night were for “Moderate” activity. In aurora lingo that’s code for a sleepless night that began just after 9 and went on more or less continuously until after 2 am. For hour after hour, the entire sky was filled with swirling bands of light, sometimes bright enough to throw a … 
February 28th, 2011

Green Waves

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Green Waves and Spruce Trees
Auroras are unpredictable creatures.  They can be brash and lively, shimmering and ethereal, or they be gentle and graceful. The latter is what we had last night. We had clear skies, happily, and despite the -25 C. temps. there was little wind, so it was vastly more comfortable being outside than the night before. The … 
July 9th, 2010

Waiting for the Sky

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Aurora Borealis, Alaska 2003
Midsummer may seem an odd time to be talking about the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, since it is almost never dark now in the high latitudes where the lights are most active. (Then again, now’s the perfect time in Antarctica..) But now may be a good time to think about next winter, when aurora …