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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by The Frozen Chosen, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. The Frozen Chosen

    The Frozen Chosen New Member

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    Alaska is the best place on the entire planet to call home!!! As`I sit here typing this, it is 6:30 in the morning, just finished my first cup of coffee and the northern lights are absolutely EXPLODING out my great room picture windows. I have never seen a show quite like this. It took 20 minutes to get a fire going.....I couldn't stop looking. Now with the only lights being in the firebox and in the sky it is the most mesmerizing thing I have ever seen. I will try to take pics of both in the same frame and post them if I'm sucessful. Gotta go.

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  2. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    make sure to wear your tinfoil hat for the next day or so...protect yourself from solar flare. There's a chance I'll be able to see the lights from here tonite. Sweet picture.
  3. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for sharing Frozen Chosen. Nice pic. I see in the news last night that the solar storm is the biggest they have seen in many years. And they said the Northern Lights could be very spectacular because of it. Looks like you have a great seat for viewing.
  4. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Dayum. Need some Steve Miller Band to go with that. Thanks for sharing!

    I've been to AK once and saw the aurora from the plane as we approached.
  5. Fsappo

    Fsappo Minister of Fire

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    Never saw them and I am dying to. Thanks for the photos
  6. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    Haven't been able to see them that well here, the full moon was out last night. Was bright enough outside that I closed the curtains in the rooms so I could sleep.
  7. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Ya, the lights should be great for the next several days. Wish I were up there. I'll bet the guys on the Iditarod appreciate the show.
  8. Retired Guy

    Retired Guy Feeling the Heat

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    Used to see them from Oswego on clear, cold winter nights. But nothing like that!
  9. I saw them once in Maine at my friends apartment... Went outside to take a leak and have a smoke, I was pretty shocked.

    Never saw them again.
  10. ScotO

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    We saw them here in central PA back in October, it was incredible! The entire northwestern sky was a hazy fire-red, then green-blue. From around 8:00 pm till around 9:30 pm. I was out working in the living room when I went outside to get some air and looked up, almost tripped running into the house to get my wife to come out and see them. That's a great pick, Frozen!
  11. nate379

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    Going pretty good right now. I was on my way home and there was a bunch of cars on the side of the highway with 4 ways on. I was thinking ah crap someone hit a moose, but it was just people taking pictures of the sky. Not sure why they decided it was best to do on the side of a 65mph highway... :smirk:

    Again though the moon is out so it's not as bright as it could be. Usually here at the house it's near pitch black at night. Right now I could go for a walk down to the mailbox (around 1/2 mile) without needing a flashlight even.
  12. kenny chaos

    kenny chaos Minister of Fire

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    Off Topic- I just heard yesterday that a doctor we know, that relocated to New Mexico, was driving down
    the road when the two cars in front of him suddenly pulled over. Being a doctor, he was watching his mirror
    to see if everyone was okay and he hit and killed a drunk Indian crossing the road for which the cars were
    pulling over. Bummer. He was a great guy but a little fragile. This will be extra hard on him.
    Dammit folks, be careful out there.
    Peace-
    Kenny
  13. Pallet Pete

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    Sorry to hear that Kenny ! That is almost exactly how my best friend passed on a few years back. Prayers go to all involved ! If I could para shut into Alaskan interior and live with no one around but bears to eat me I would but alas the wife says NO ! Lol

    Pete
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    Thanks Pete and now back on topic;
    The northern horizon had a nice green hue to it this morning.
    Kenny
  15. nate379

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    From last night, the guy I rent to took them with his fancy camera setup. Can see what I meant with how light it is with the full moon out.

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  16. eclecticcottage

    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    Beautiful! I saw them once over the lake when I was a kid at my aunt and uncle's cottage and I've been hoping to see them again since. Seems like every good shot at it, it's cloudy here! Plus Toronto throws WAY too much light into the sky so I'm not sure if we'd be able to see them with the city lights :(
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    On video clips I've seem of them they seem to move alot.
    Do they really move that much or do they speed up the clips?
    Crazy how bright the moon is in those pictures.
  18. CTguy9230

    CTguy9230 Feeling the Heat

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    almost missed the light show in that pic, i was to busy staring at
    that sweet looking wrangler !
  19. The Frozen Chosen

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    Yeah Nate I know what ya mean about the moon, it does dilute the brilliance somewhat. If it wasn't for that white ball I would have had some better pics. My house and property are also normally blacker than the inside of a goat but the past few nights I could bring in wood without turning on the yard light. It took alot longer as I must have looked like a whirling dervish out in the driveway. We don't live too far away from each other as the salmon swims....it was a little cloudy here last night....looks like you fared a little better.

    Jerome, the lights do move like that, no camera tricks at all. The aurora is something that cannot be explained until you see them in person. Borderlines on a "religious" experience when they are really kickin'.

    And to "Ditchin' Britches"......that must have been a great flight. I've always wanted to see them from a plane and wondered if it would be as good as looking up from the ground. Hard to say, although I've seen pics of them from the space station that were cool. But obviously pictures do them no justice at all.
  20. Normande

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    What kind of camera did you used, awsome photo
  21. Hogwildz

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    Ya need a few hits of cid and watch them lights!
  22. BrotherBart

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    What I been thinking through the whole thread. Well, that and it is nice not having to actually live in Alaska and still see the show. :coolsmirk:
  23. The Frozen Chosen

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    I guess that was my point of the whole thread. If you have never seen them in person you wouldn't understand. Ask others that live up here, I know what they will say. Sorry to have ruffled any feathers.
  24. jeromehdmc

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    The Jeep pictures rock. Your friend should send them to Jeep, might get used in some advertising.
    I'm glad to know the lights move and it's not the video. I don't know how you are getting any sleep, I wouldn't want to miss any of the show.
    You have to put up with some extreme conditions but from the looks of things the payback may just be worth it.
    One of these days I will make it up to Alaska, hopefully on a bike.
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