The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are a frequent visitor at high latitudes during the long nights of winter. In central and northern Alaska, they can usually be seen on more than half of clear nights when skies are dark enough. (During the summertime, “polar day” means the sun never sets, making it impossible to see the spectacle.)
Trying your luck in the dead of winter is ordinarily the best bet, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Fairbanks hasn’t recorded a temperature above zero in a week.
Despite the frigid air, clear skies and calm winds have allowed