Skip to main Content

Another night of aurora borealis over Interior Alaska?

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published February 17, 2012

Weather permitting, there's a good chance Alaskans from Juneau to Barrow could get a light show tonight.

In its daily aurora borealis forecast, the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute predicts moderate to active northern lights activity on the Alaska skyline Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

The National Weather Service suspects that Alaskans across the Southcentral and vast Interior regions will have the best shot at witnessing shimmering red, green, blue and white lights. That's because cloud cover will hide the aurora in other parts of the state.

Expect a northern lights climax Saturday night, the weather service said. Even during times of peak auroral activity, there can be lulls in the light show. Patience is your friend when watching the northern lights.

For more on aurora watching and tips for photographing the aurora borealis, check out our How To Photograph the Northern Lights guide. One tip: generally, the best times to view and photograph aurora is after the witching hour.

For more newsletters click here

Local news matters.

Support independent, local journalism in Alaska.