Drove up to Hatcher Pass last night because of a very strong aurora forecast, in the Kp5-6 range, which would have been an aurora storm. Our good friend's two kids that were visiting from Los Angeles really wanted to see aurora while they were visiting Alaska for Thanksgiving, so off we went. We arrived about 10:30pm to clear skies and a brilliant Milky Way, but no aurora at all. So we sat and waited, and waited, and tried to fight off the turkey coma.
We started to get a high film of clouds moving in, but finally some aurora did finally show up around midnight, so at least they got to see some live aurora in Alaska. Fun for all. Home at 2am.
The aurora didn't end up doing much at all here in Bear Valley last night, but Oh My God, the stars and Milky Way were incredible. It always amazes me how much more the camera can see than the naked eye. These were 20-30 second exposures. Click to view full-screen.
How can you not love seeing this on the horizon? We're having another long stretch of Denali views, which are much more frequent in the winter than for visitors during the summer. This is one of the payments for living here year round :)