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Anchorage is a Northern Lights Desetinations

Last week, we drove outside of Anchorage downtown to catch the northern lights. It was supposed to be Kp 4 that night. The Kp number is a system of measuring aurora strength. It goes from 0 to 9 (0 being very weak, 9 being a major geomagnetic storm with strong auroras visible). So when your looking at the aurora forecast page, you want to see high Kp numbers. The higher the better.

We drove little bit further north, heading into the mountain area. The light wasn’t too strong but it was forming a shape like a rainbow above the river and mountain ranges. We kind of stumbled upon this area but the scenery here was just stunning. Having the moon on the other side of the sky also helped. Anchorage doesn’t see as much northern lights as northern Alaska like Fairbanks, but because of all the diverse foreground, you can create more interesting northern lights photos in Anchorage like this.

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

2 Comments

  1. the northern lights are on my list! Still things to see that I havent! Amazing pics Juno!

  2. These pictures seem so surreal and I am so inclined to cross the Northern lights of my bucket list as soon as possible! When’s the best time of the year to enjoy this natural phenomenon?

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