Aurora Borealis or The Northern Lights

  • Aurora Borealis-note card photo
  • Northern lights-note card photo


Aurora Borealis:

Nature’s Most Captivating And Beautiful Phenomena

Roman goddess of “Dawn” Aurora

Roman goddess of “The North Wind” Borealis

The aurora is actually the glow of solar particles blown into the earth’s magnetic field more than 60 miles above the earth’s surface at speeds up to 35,000 miles per hour. The streams of charged solar particles surge and bulge along bends in the earth’s magnetic field. As they strike atoms in the earth’s atmosphere, they create greenish-yellow, faint blue, or even blood red curtains of color. Check out the "Lights In Motion"

Alaska is the best place to see the Northern Lights, especially in Feb/March and late September to October due to the Earth's orbit is in a zone of maxium solar activity during these months. Most active late at night or early in the morning. Those months provide dark skies and mild temperatures.   Check out the University of Alaska's aurora forcast.

Also since we are so close to Fairbanks- you can take a "day trip" and still get to see the Northern Lights- in the form of a show that provides a panoramic slide photography display of the Northern Lights on a 30-foot screen- set to music and photography by LeRoy Zimmerman called the "The Crown of Light"  Then you can tell your family - "I got to see the Northern Lights!"

The Northern Lights - one of those "must see" -Bucket List- experences...

* with expressed permission of Peggy Johnson-Photo of note cards sold in our gift shop. Photography by Johnny Johnson.