While staying at the Agate Inn, enjoy one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on earth…..the Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights.
All that is required is a clear sky and enough darkness to see the stars above. During periods of high aurora activity, guests don’t request a 7 am wake-up call. Instead, they request a call in the middle of the night when the Northern lights begin dancing across the sky.
Because of nearly 24 hours of daylight during summer months, the best time for aurora viewing is from mid-August through early May. The most spectacular shows take place from September through March when nights are the longest.
Will I see the aurora?
Check the aurora activity online by visiting the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute’s website.
Nature’s light show can appear at dusk and may last a few seconds to a few minutes or all night. The aurora changes constantly in power, color and shape.
The University of Alaska is one of many research facilities studying the aurora. As electrons and protons enter the upper atmosphere towards the Earth’s magnetic poles, they emit radiation seen as light. The different colors we observe depend on the type of gas atoms the electrons and protons hit. Auroras are brighter and spread over larger areas after intense solar activities.
The University of Alaska, Fairbanks Geophysical Institute provides aurora forecasts by phone (907-474-7558) and on the web. The Online Aurora Forecast is updated daily for the following two nights.