Check out some of the great aurora photos YOU have sent us!

Published: Oct. 2, 2019 at 11:10 AM AKDT
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It’s Aurora season in Alaska.

Already many of you viewers have submitted some great photos of the northern lights (see below), and we here at Channel 2 can’t get enough of them!

We reached out to Donald Hampton, Research associate professor, at the UAF Geophysical institute with some questions about the northern lights.

As for when is the best year to see the northern lights, Hampton said at the moment Alaska is at the bottom of what’s called the “solar cycle.” Hampton said researchers expect the next “solar max” to be in the 2024 or 2025 time period.

Side note: If you are out Aurora hunting and see something that sort of doesn't look like one, it might be

STEVE's narrow ribbon of light, to the naked eye, looks strikingly similar to the aurora, However, there are distinct differences. First, its pinkish mauve color is not aurora-like. In addition, the phenomenon is often associated with “picket fence” emissions, which look like green columns of light passing through the ribbons at lower altitudes. Lastly, STEVE appears in areas farther south than auroral lights typically do.

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