November 03, 2020

The Northern Lights Over Lake Chena, Near Fairbanks

The Northern Lights Over Lake Chena


FAIRBANKS, ALASKA - During Aurora Season, happening now to April 21, Fairbanks is one of the best places on earth to see the northern lights. Far away from the madding crowds, with minimal light pollution, meager amounts of precipitation and positioned in a most advantageous location directly under the “Auroral Oval” (where aurora activity is concentrated), Fairbanks is a divine destination for northern lights viewing.

To assist visiting aurora chasers, Explore Fairbanks built the one-of-a-kind Aurora Tracker. The Aurora Tracker correlates three individual streams of data to predict northern lights viewing opportunities for six locations in the Fairbanks region. Data streams include: aurora forecast data from the Geophysical Institute, weather forecast data for specific northern lights viewing locations and the amount of daylight hours. The aurora will be visible in Fairbanks an average of four out of five nights when the sky is clear and dark enough. Visitors who stay a minimum of three nights and are actively out during the late evening hours increase their chance of seeing the aurora to more than 90 percent.
Photo by Andy Witteman.

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