Excited about your upcoming move to Alaska? Well, we are! As one of the top Alaska moving companies, we want to be one of the first to welcome you to this beautiful state! We also want to share with you two little words that may potentially change your life forever: Aurora Borealis.
We know that you have already heard about the winters, the dog sled races, and the polar bears, but if you are moving to Alaska, you will NOT want to miss the celestial-like dancing fluorescent colors of the Aurora Borealis, a.k.a the Northern Lights. Haven’t heard of them? Well, as one of the top Alaska moving companies, we would love to take a moment to help educate you.
Let’s get started!
What Are the Aurora Borealis?
As you may already know, the Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon, and although they may look calm and elegant, they are actually produced from millions of explosions of magnetic energy. As they strike atoms in the earth’s atmosphere, they create greenish-yellow, faint blue, or even deep red shades of color.
How and When is the Best Time to See Them?
Unfortunately, as the aurora is very unpredictable, no one is entirely sure when, or where, it is going to appear. The best months to see these natural phenomena are March and September, as the weather is generally mild, the skies are mostly clear, and the auroral displays are fairly frequent. It is best to start looking about an hour and a half after the sun sets, with peak activity falling between the winter hours of 11:30 pm to 3:30 am (around 1:30 am is best!).
If you are moving to Fairbanks, you are in luck! Right now, Fairbanks Alaska is the best place in the United States to see the Northern Lights. To maximize your viewing experience, please make sure to get away from the bright city lights, and avoid nights that are heavy with clouds. If you do not see anything, do not be discouraged. Even on crystal clear nights, the auroral activity can be difficult to see. The strength of its light varies dramatically from night to night, so relax, take your time, and prepare for one of the most beautiful sites you may ever see in your lifetime!
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Best of luck to you and your auroral viewing experiences!