Best of 2014 Aurora Photos

On our Facebook Page, we are posting our favorite photographers Best of 2014 Aurora Photos. Check it out on the page, or see the front page of this website for the latest photos! I hope you enjoy reminiscing the aurora shows of 2014 as much as I did. Happy New Year!

This was my best photo this year that was taken with my little point and shoot Canon Elph. You don’t need a fancy camera to get aurora shots! Photo from a cold January night looking at my former apartment building in North Pole. It’s a little grainy, but thought my little camera did a great job.
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Taken with my “real” camera, my Olympus PEN, I love this photo from February because I love the star constellation Orion. The sky was a diffuse green and the stars popped on that cold night. I took the photo from the safety and comfort of my living room in North Pole. Orion and aurora

 

 

 

 

 

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Lights appeared tonight!

The lights did come out tonight, and were seen in northern states and Canada. MN, ON, MB, AB, and interior AK reported auroras. The Kp level as of this post is 4. Time of this post 150am Alaska time.

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G1 storm in effect! Possible show tonight in AK

G1 Storm

The current Kp level is 5. We are in a G1 storm right now! That means, if it is dark where you are now (Europe), you have great chance at seeing the lights! The Wing Model which predicts possible Kp levels is suggesting we may see Kp 8 during this storm. That may or may not happen, but lets err on the side of being ready for a show!!! Alaska, we hope for clear skies tonight. The next few nights are looking good for auroras. Be ready!

UPDATE: As I type this the Kp level dropped to 4.

As I look through the cams in Europe, it looks as if many areas are socked in with clouds, rain, and snow. Webcams link here.

Tonight’s forecast is quiet to active

Tonight’s forecast is quiet to active. This means we may see the aurora tonight in Alaska, if the skies are clear. It looks to be that most of the state is cloudy as of this post, so we may not be online. I hope you have a Merry Christmas Eve!

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Last minute gift idea:
Fox Gardens & Gifts is open til 10pm tonight! Located behind the Silver Gulch Brewery in Fox, AK, you will find unique aurora gifts including pictures, magnets, tshirts, mugs, cutting boards, pillow cases, and so much more. All photos taken by the owner!
Merry Christmas from Fox AK

CME hit early this morning in Alaska, Europe sees lights

I woke up around 4am after a brief nap, and saw online that the CME hit a little before that. Clouds had overtaken North Pole, and only one brief report of aurora was being seen in the Palmer area (doesn’t mean it wasn’t seen, just no one reported at that time). Clouds were in many parts of the state. As the sun rose, the aurora data was exploding and Europe got to see a good show. Reporting to ABN were Ireland, Scotland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Many areas of the UK were covered in clouds.

The forecast tonight is excellent, and Alaska may see a good show. However, overcast skies in the Fairbanks area will mean no show for us. Juneau and Seward have clear skies. So, check your weather, and be ready to see the aurora! The Kp level reached 4 during this CME hit, and currently as of this post is a 4.

Time of this post 640pm Alaska time.

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