Winter is prime time in Alaska to view the aurora borealis, or the northern lights. On clear nights, you’ll see stunning displays of light across the northern sky. For the best views, you’ll want to escape the city lights. Talk to our team at A&M RV Center about finding the perfect RV rental for your auora borealis excursion this winter, by calling (907) 279-5508 or contact us online.

Aurora Borealis at North Pole

What is the aurora borealis?

Aurora borealis are charged solar particles in the earth’s magnetic field, more than 60 miles above the surface. They start as greenish bands that move in an east-to-west direction, sometimes evolving into undulating waves. They can be greenish-yellow, blue, or even red; the colors depend on the kind of ion. Auroras are centered around the earth’s magnetic poles, which is why Alaska is a great location to see them. 

When is the best time to view northern lights?

During the year, aurora borealis are most common between September and April, with the best shows typically happening in the dead of winter. Clear nights are a necessity, as is getting away from the light pollution of urban centers. If it’s clear enough to see the stars, you should be able to see the auroras. 

During the winter, peak aurora time is between 11:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., but sometimes they are visible about an hour and a half after sunset. Please note that If you’re visiting Alaska outside of Daylight Savings Time, the peak times are 10:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.

There’s no way to guarantee a show, but there are two things you can do to predict your chances: 

  1. Check the weather of your location. 
  2. Use this aurora forecaster from the UAF Geophysical Institute. 

Remember to bundle up! It goes without saying that Alaska winter nights are cold. 

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Sources: Alaska.org, Wikipedia.org