Fairbanks Alaska's western sky, 12:25 AM, 3/31/03.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Tue Apr 1 00:49:01 2003 UTC

Rather dull before midnight, but after midnight.... Still a bit nippy here: my zipper thermometer read -10 F. There was also a breeze.

Camera settings: 800 ASA/ISO, 8 second exposure, f2.8

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Aurora. 3/28/03. 10:10 PM. Fairbanks, Alaska.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Sun Mar 30 00:14:01 2003 UTC

Twisted rope pattern which optically appeared to be rotating -- sort of like the motion of a rope tow ski lift.

Camera settings: 800 ASA/ISO, 6 second exposure, f2.8

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Twilight aurora. 9:20 PM. Fairbanks, AK. 3/28/03.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Sun Mar 30 00:02:01 2003 UTC

Looking west from near Fairbanks, Alaska. Aurora forecasts were accurate. The display was still going strong 'round midnight.

Camera settings: 800 ASA/ISO, 6 second exposure, f2.8

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

100% Natural pink color, no artificial alterations. 3/27/03.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Sat Mar 29 05:05:01 2003 UTC

The early show -- 10:18 PM 3/2703. Looking west from near Fairbanks, Alaska.

Camera settings: 800 ASA/ISO, 6 second exposure, f3.3

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Corona -- no not that Mexican Beer. 3/26/03.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Sat Mar 29 04:29:01 2003 UTC

This is a sample of the activity around 10 PM, on Wednesday night (3/26/03). The College, AK magnetometer indicates that this was just a warm up act. The magnetometer was pegged in the morning. Oh well, I got a good night's sleep.

Camera settings: 800 ASA/ISO, 6 second exposure, f 3.3 -- looking straight up.

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu

Black spruce's alien silhouette against a diffuse aurora. 3/26/03.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Sat Mar 29 05:13:01 2003 UTC

I like to use tree silhouettes to frame my aurora shots. Of course the deciduous trees only work in August and early September. In Interior Alaska, we have two native species of conifer trees that don't loose their needles in the winter -- white spruce and black spruce. This image uses black spruce trees from an open taiga forest. Black spruce trees in the old climate regime were considered the climax species in Interior Alaska's forest successional ecology scheme, but rising soil temperatures will probably change this cycle. The taiga biome will likely shrink -- retreating north and to higher elevations. I think that black spruce trees look cool in silhouette, almost alien. Animated black spruce trees would of been great "tree extras" in the recent Lord of the Rings movie. The trees are generally short, spindly things, but a recent article by Ned Rozell in the Alaska Science Forum highlights the "Largest Black Spruce Tree in Alaska" which is over 100 feet tall.

Camera settings: 800 ASA/ISO, 8 second exposure, f2.8

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Diffuse aurora dominated the night sky in Fairbanks, week of 3/16/03

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Thu Mar 27 00:19:01 2003 UTC

This past week, the moon shared the heavens with a diffuse aurora rather than well defined arcs and coils. By "diffuse", I mean that the aurora appeared as a thin veil of light blanketing the sky -- dynamic and fleeting, yet at other times static and quiet. Here's an example from the night of March 19 looking SW, near Fairbanks.

Camera settings: 800 ASA/ISO, 8 second exposure, f2.8

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.


Tower of Power -- an aurora twister! 11:51 PM. 3/23/2003, Fairbanks, AK.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Thu Mar 27 00:06:01 2003 UTC

At this moment the aurora was looking like some sort of light tornado, complete with what appeared to be a twisting motion.

Camera settings: ASA/ISO 800, 8 sec. exposure, f2.8.

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Heavenly portrait. 12:36 AM, 3/11/03, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Thu Mar 13 01:14:01 2003 UTC

Looking SSW. I was photographing in the Fairbanks vicinity. There was a half moon high in the western sky, with a few clouds. It was also windy and cold. Ambient air temperature was around -20 F or so, with a windchill. It reminded me of winter in Minnesota or North Dakota. (Fairbanks rarely has winter winds, so the biting cold of a windchill is always a little shocking.)

At 12:36 AM, I shot this "portrait". My first impression was that it looked like the face on the Shroud of Turin. The face in the aurora persisted for more than just a fleeting moment.

Camera settings: ASA/ISO 800, 8 sec. exposure, f2.8.

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Northern Lights dance in the southern sky. Poker Flat, Alaska.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Tue Mar 11 03:18:01 2003 UTC

Looking south over the Telemetry building at Poker Flat Research [Rocket] Range, 30 mi. NNE of Fairbanks, Alaska. I was out to photograph the launch of the HEX Project rockets. ( www.uaf.edu/asgp/hex/ ) Nature didn't quite cooperate with sky conditions at down range observational sites. The facility is rather interesting, especially since it is the only university operated rocket range in the world. Not only scientists from around the world use the facility to launch scientific payloads, but Univ. of Alaska undergraduate students along with collaborating Japanese students launch student designed and built payloads into the thermosphere.

The US government ought to invite the North Koreans to test launch their Taepodong II multi-stage rockets at either this facility or at the Kodiak, Alaska launch facility to avoid international incidents. We could let them do it for free, and get a close look at the missle's technology and capabilities. If it's a reliable rocket, maybe a satellite launching business might stand in for the apparent atomic bomb/delivery system marketing strategy of the North Koreans. If they had a viable foreign currency earner, then maybe they'd stand down from their collective insanity.

Camera settings: ASA/ISO 800, 6 sec. exposure, f2.8.

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

LIDAR probes the heavens while the Aurora dances round. 1:30 AM, 3/6/03, Poker Flat, Alaska.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Sat Mar 8 00:14:02 2003 UTC

Looking straight up from the Telemetry building at Poker Flat Research [Rocket] Range, 30 mi. NNE of Fairbanks, Alaska. I was out to photograph the launch of the HEX Project rockets. ( www.uaf.edu/asgp/hex/ ) Ground based optic dependent experiments like HEX are subordinated to sky conditions at multiple locations, so while Poker Flat was clear, the other locations were overcast. Consequently, the launch was scrubbed around 2:00 AM. An active aurora kept my interest throughout the night. The green linear feature is the Poker Flat LIDAR probing a column of air reaching up into the thermosphere, specifically the lower E-Region of the ionosphere. (The lower extent of the aurora is usually pegged at 60 mi. (100 km.)

Camera settings: ASA/ISO 800, 6 sec. exposure, f2.8.

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may this image(s) for a non-commercial website, application, or publication as long as you clearly credit me as the photographer and you send me the URL of the website(s) that are using the image(s), or a copy of the application or publication which utilizes the image(s). My original images range from 1600 x 1200 pixels to 4000 x 3000 pixel. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Lights over Poker Flat Research [Rocket] Range, 2/28-3/1, 2003.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Thu Mar 6 00:53:02 2003 UTC

Looking north. Active aurora above Poker Flat Research [Rocket] Range, 30 mi. NNE of Fairbanks, Alaska. Obvious why you'd want to conduct aurora research at Poker Flat. Six rockets, part of two separate research projects await launch on their rails.

Camera settings: ASA/ISO 800, 6 sec. exposure, f2.8.

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may this image(s) for a non-commercial website, application, or publication as long as you clearly credit me as the photographer and you send me the URL of the website(s) that are using the image(s), or a copy of the application or publication which utilizes the image(s). My original images range from 1600 x 1200 pixels to 4000 x 3000 pixel. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Darn those pesky clouds. 10:50 PM 2/26/03.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Sat Mar 1 01:45:05 2003 UTC

Looking east. Active aurora. Quite mild temperatures. It had been cloudy earlier. The clouds and the reflected street lights of Fairbanks, Alaska makes this this aurora arc appear closer to earth.

Camera settings: ASA/ISO 400, 10 sec. exposure, f2.8.

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may this image(s) for a non-commercial website, application, or publication as long as you clearly credit me as the photographer and you send me the URL of the website(s) that are using the image(s), or a copy of the application or publication which utilizes the image(s). My original images range from 1600 x 1200 pixels to 4000 x 3000 pixel. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Dancing lights where forecasters thought there'd be none. 2/26/03 1 AM.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Sat Mar 1 01:33:01 2003 UTC

Looking more south than west. Incredibly active aurora, which wasn't forecast. 1:10 AM. Quite mild temperatures. I'm glad I took the garbage out at midnight. It had been cloudy earlier.

Camera settings: ASA/ISO 800, 6 sec. exposure, f2.8.

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may this image(s) for a non-commercial website, application, or publication as long as you clearly credit me as the photographer and you send me the URL of the website(s) that are using the image(s), or a copy of the application or publication which utilizes the image(s). My original images range from 1600 x 1200 pixels to 4000 x 3000 pixel. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Moonlite, muskoxen, and aurora 2 AM, 2/15/03, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Mon Feb 17 18:45:01 2003 UTC

Looking NNW. The nearly full moon illuminates penned muskoxen at the University of Alaska Large Animal Research Facility who were milling around their feeding station. A fox barked in the night. The aurora dances overhead. -16 degrees F (-27 C). All thanks to a solar wind enhancing corona hole.

Camera settings: ASA/ISO 800, 6 sec. exposure, f2.8.

Image(s) are copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may this image(s) for a non-commercial website, application, or publication as long as you clearly credit me as the photographer and you send me the URL of the website(s) that are using the image(s), or a copy of the application or publication which utilizes the image(s). My original images range from 1600 x 1200 pixels to 4000 x 3000 pixel. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Active aurora and warm temperatures here in Fairbanks, Alaska on the evening of Feb. 3, 2003.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Fri Feb 14 18:14:01 2003 UTC

Early evening aurora -- 'round 8:30 PM. Looking east. The "Pineapple Express" was pumping unseasonably warm weather up from north of Hawaii. Active aurora, warm temperatures, aahhh who could ask for anything more? Reddish tinged sky is from the street lights of Fairbanks.

Fuji S2 Pro Digital Camera, ASA/ISO 800, 8 sec. exposure, f2.8.

Copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may use it for a non-commercial website or application as long as you clearly credit me as the photographer and you send me the URL of the website(s) that are using the image(s). My original images range from 1600 x 1200 pixels to 4000 x 3000 pixel. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Coils and swirls: active aurora on the night of Feb. 2, 2003.

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Fri Feb 14 23:33:01 2003 UTC

Moderately active aurora with coils and swirls. Looking NNE near Fairbanks, Alaska.

Shot with an Fuji S2 Pro Digital Camera -- f2.8, 8.0 sec. exposure ASA/ISO 800.

Copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may use it for a non-commercial website or application as long as you clearly credit me as the photographer and you send me the URL of the website(s) that are using the image(s). My original images range from 1600 x 1200 pixels to 4000 x 3000 pixel. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

So what if it's cloudy? Aurora watching Jan. 30th, 2003

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Fri Feb 14 23:23:01 2003 UTC

Is it worth going out on a cloudy night? Cloud cover can make an aurora display more intriguing and mysterious!

Shot with a Canon D60 Digital Camera -- f4.5, 10 sec. exposure. ASA/ISO 800.

Copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may use it for a non-commercial website or application as long as you clearly credit me as the photographer and you send me the URL of the website(s) that are using the image(s). My original images range from 1600 x 1200 pixels to 4000 x 3000 pixel. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Active Aurora, 12:24 AM. Fairbanks, Alaska 1/24/03

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Fri Feb 14 20:24:01 2003 UTC

Still "feeling the heat" from a solar flare on the Jan. 21. Looking north.

Shot with an Olympus E-10 Digital Camera -- f2.0, 8.0 sec. exposure ASA/ISO 320.

Copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may use it for a non-commercial website or application as long as you clearly credit me as the photographer and you send me the URL of the website(s) that are using the image(s). My original images range from 1600 x 1200 pixels to 4000 x 3000 pixel. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

Active Aurora 'round midnight. Fairbanks, Alaska 1/24/03

Submitted by: Jeff Pederson at Fri Feb 14 20:17:01 2003 UTC

First good aurora after a long dry spell of inactivity and cloudy weather here in Fairbanks Alaska. (A solar flare on the 21st gave birth to this light.) It was so active that at one point it cast a shadow! The image is oriented east. The reddish sky light on the right hand side of the image is from Fairbanks.

Shot with an Olympus E-10 Digital Camera -- f2.0, 8.0 sec. exposure ASA/ISO 320.

Copyright (c) 2003 Jeff Pederson with all rights reserved. You may use it for a non-commercial website or application as long as you clearly credit me as the photographer and you send me the URL of the website(s) that are using the image(s). My original images range from 1600 x 1200 pixels to 4000 x 3000 pixel. You may contact me at fnjjp@uaf.edu.

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