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I Want To See The Aurora Borealis(Northern Lights)  
User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 10988 times:
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Somebody please help me!

I live in New Jersey, USA and would LOVE to see the aurora. I was hopefully thinking maybe something along the jetBlue route, since i have some free travel vouchers.

The trip is to be as low budget as possible.. somebody help me! (And nothing, please, outrageous like new zealand or antarctica..)

Thanks for the help, my travel agents!

JBLU

PS- Some destinations in mind included Burlington, VT or Up-Up-Upstate New York, near the great lakes.

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User currently offlineJabpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 423 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 10915 times:

I suggest the Banff-Jasper, Alberta area in Canada. I saw the Northern Lights 2 yrs. ago in July while vacationing there.

Jeff

User currently offlineWjv04 From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 583 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 10903 times:

I wouldnt plan a trip just to see them, a million things have to go right for you to see them, i live where you can see them, and ive only seen them twice in my life.


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 10906 times:

I dont think that you can see the Auroura Borealis in continental U.S., I am pretty sure you need to go above the Canadian border or Alaska. I used to go skiing in Vermont quite often when I lived in Connecticut and I dont remember seeing the Aurora Borealis.


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User currently offlineJabpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 423 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10915 times:

Depending on the conditions, they can be seen in the Lower 48! I know someone who saw the Northern Lights in Indiana but these are rare instances.

Jeff

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10897 times:

I saw HUGE northern lights in Northern Alberta, BC and Yukon Territory. And by north i mean like Dawsons Creek, Grande Prairie, Whitehorse, Ft. Nelson....


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10901 times:

Jcs17: Of course you can see them in the continental U.S.

Actually, many years ago, my family in Michigan saw some very spectacular Northern Lights. I saw just baaaaaaaaaaaarely a little when I was up in Canada last summer. It was so faint, you could only see them well throught the corner of your eye, not by looking directly at it. We were driving at night, and I just happened to notice it, and I got excited, I was like "Northern Lights!!!" We stopped and ran outside, and sure enough it was there, very faint. I'd love to see some real Northern Lights though..

JBLUE: I suggest you call up some places in Alaska, and ask them what the peak times are to see the Borealis. I know that there are some times when you'll definitely be able to see them.

Best of luck,
-FSP


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10904 times:

Jabpilot, now you know 2 people that saw them from Indiana. What a treat it was. It was at a Halloween party about 2 years ago. We were up north near the Michigan border in a very rural part of Indiana (yes Indiana has rural areas  Big grin ) Anyway, not only was it dark out, but it was very drunk out, too. A couple of left the campfire to go piss in a field. We looked North and we notice the lights. We stood there with out jaws to the ground and sobered up very quickly. We know exactly what it was, but had no idea it could be seen that far South. The entire party came out to the field and we stood there for hours watching it. It was unbelievable and the only time in my life I'd ever seen it.


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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10900 times:

Thanks to some unusual atmospheric conditions, I saw the aurora borealis in Connecticut about 15 years ago. "Spectacular" is much too mild to describe the event.


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User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 10892 times:

I'd agree with those who tell you to go north. As far as possible. I've seen them at Cold Lake, Alberta, and they were so bright it was amazing. The problem is they seem to be very unpredictable, and it is probably easier to see a tornado on your holidays than the aurora borealis. Good luck, it is worth seeing, though......

User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10872 times:

I spent 2 years at the University of North Dakota and I used to see them all the time when I went outside the city limits. Sometimes they were bright and vivid, other nights very faint. It was rare if I didn't see them.

JET


User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 10875 times:

Now is an excellent time for watching the Aurora as the sun is at solar maximum(which occurs every 11 years). I have read NASA articles that claim the Aurora can be seen from the majority of the USA including much of the Midwest. It can even be seen from Tasmania in Australia(which is a rare event) so you needn't travel all the way to the North to see it.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 10869 times:

Right now at midnight, 10-10 here in Anchorage they are out,

I can see them out of my back window right now.



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User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3011 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 10844 times:

During a solar storm in 2000, I saw them all the way here in Phoenix, so yeah, they CAN be seen in the lower 48. You have to get lucky with conditions though. You can improve your chances by knowing if and when to look, which you can do at these sites:
http://www.spaceweather.com/ for general info, predictions, and
http://www.spacew.com/ for real time satelite info/sighting reports



Ghosts appear and fade away.....................
User currently offlineWn700driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 10844 times:

I saw them in North Umbria, over near Sunderland a ways back...

User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 10842 times:
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Thanks for the responses!
This website I found listed an Aurora for 45 minutes in central vermont...

Also, if we fly to Vermont (BTV) how far, by car, is say Albterta or whatever places youd reccomend in Canada.. I think our driving limit would be around 4 hours, but we could probably stretch it a little bit if need be.

JBLU


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10842 times:

Also, if we fly to Vermont (BTV) how far, by car, is say Albterta or whatever places youd reccomend in Canada.. I think our driving limit would be around 4 hours, but we could probably stretch it a little bit if need be.

BTV to Alberta would be a wee bit over your 4-hour driving limit  Smokin cool
On the other hand, if you drove four hours north from BTV into Quebec, you might be getting far enough north to have a decent shot at seeing the aurora borealis.



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User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 10811 times:

I saw them two summers ago late at night in southern Manitoba, SE of Winnepeg. It was very big and brilliant, probably a once in a lifetime event for me.


mls515


User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 10801 times:
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Oi veh.. too confusing.

Ill move to Antartica and see them nightly..  Smile

Just kidding.. but AHHHHHHHH

There is this placecalled the Quossy Loop or something that sounds remontly interesting, but Ill look into Quebec.

Thanks A Lot


User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 10803 times:
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Quebec actually seems like they get a pretty decent showing up there.. lots of greens and stuff...

Anybody know of any real (and cheap..hehe) hotels up there??

Thanks
JBLU


User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10794 times:
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Ack.. okay..

Quebec is nice and all....... 160 miles from Vermont, about.. so.. in November, that could potentially NOT take 2.5 hours like it should, and more like 4.

So are there any legitamit places between Montreal and Quebec that you think would sport good Aurora views?

Thanks
JBLU

http://www.skyphoto.homestead.com/index4.html
That guy lives in Quebec...


User currently offlineC172Akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10777 times:

I've seen them here in Calgary the last couple of weeks. Especially now that we have snow on the ground as well.

User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10765 times:

I have the same goal as the original poster and hope to photograph them this winter. Here is how it will happen.

I will nonrev to Fairbanks, Alaska and stay for a few nights at a ski lodge outside the city. They have a large deck specifically for viewing the Aurora. The best time to see it is in winter because of the winter darkness at that latitude. The most active zone in Alaska is between Fairbanks and Barrow, although it can expand outwards if there has been higher solar activity.

Obviously, you have to have clear weather or at least few clouds. The good news is that the interior of Alaska (around Fairbanks) has a lot of clear, long winter nights. The bad news is that it is also the coldest spot in the state. You REALLY have to want to see the lights and dress appropriately. I do, and that is why I will take a trip after the end of the year. The most likely time for viewing them is late at night according to what I have been told. Even if it is clear, there is no gaurantee of seeing them, but going to Fairbanks in winter will give me the best chance there is.


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 10768 times:

"Also, if we fly to Vermont (BTV) how far, by car, is say Albterta or whatever places youd reccomend in Canada.. "

Ben u taking that angel dust again? Vermont to Alberta by CARRRRRRR?

We drove from Chicago to Alaska and back by RV  Smokin cool

Some good Northern Lights by Whitehorse and north of Fairbanks


User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 10764 times:
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Oh shut up Peter...hehe

We are flying up to Burlington on *Prayer..amen* jetBlue *Prayer..amen* for *free* and then driving up to Quebec City, which will hopefully only take 2.5 hours..

If someone lives around there and knows how to get to Quebec City (or the area) from Burlington, VT and cares to help......

Also, if you live around there and know any good spots to go and view, Id appreciate it.

Thanks
Ben


25 BO__einG : Monday night had some intense Auroras here in Calgary. Hey Aaron or Shane: did you guys see the northern lights that night? (Oct 7) It was my first ti
26 JBLUA320 : Im already druelling.. I MUST see them when I go to Quebec City!!! Ill have 2 chances... Maybe I will get lucky. JBLU
27 Transactoid : I live just outside Toronto, Ontario. I've seen the northern lights here ONCE, and it was during heavy solar activity. Just a note, the "northern ligh
28 Post contains links Maiznblu_757 : Im from Michigan and have seen them there many times... SEATTLE would be a decent place to start. The further north the better... Heres some good info
29 NormalSpeed : I've seen them only one time, and that was right here in Salt Lake City. It was very pretty. I didn't know what they were, because it happens so rarel
30 CPDC10-30 : I've only seen them twice, but I live in Southern Ontario. The most clear was when I was near Wiarton, ON in August 1995 - I also saw a fair-sized met
31 JBLUA320 : Cool.. thanks for the advice and stories! JBLU
32 Dragogoalie : Whoa, Jetpilot, I didn't know you went to UND. I'm goin there now. So far so good. --dragogoalie-#88--
33 L-188 : UND had some issues with their flight program that I couldn't reconcile. I hope that you haven't had the same issues.
34 Dragogoalie : Care to enlighten me L-188? you can e-mail me about it if you perfer that route. dragogoalie@yahoo.com --dragogoalie-#88--
35 N766UA : I've seen them before from Northern Michigan. It had to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Only problem is I've only seen it once in
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