Aurora Borealis n [NL, lit., northern dawn] : a luminous phenomenon that consists of streamers or arches of light in the sky visible at night, is held to be of electrical origin, and appears to best advantage in the arctic regions…….so says Webster's.

  Commonly known as the Northern Lights, the spectacular light shows occur when electrons and protons enter the upper atmosphere toward the Earth's magnetic poles and collide with gas atoms, emitting radiation seen as light.  The different colors we observe depend on the type of gas atoms the electrons and protons hit. 

Auroras are brighter and spread over larger areas after intense solar activities.

  The Aurora can be seen when the skies are clear and there is enough darkness to see the stars.  In our area of Alaska the best viewing is from September through March when nights are the longest.  The lights can appear at dusk and may last a few seconds, a few minutes, or all night.  The brilliance, color and shape is constantly
 

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Aurora Borealis……….The Northern Lights

Inside This Issue.….....

Aurora Borealis…………………….......page one

Fish On ! .....……………….......…......…..page two

Local Events...................…..................page one

Reindeer Notes…...........…..…..….....page three

From Harvey and Sandy Bowers

Local Events


January Willow Winter Carnival


February Iron Dog Race


March Iditarod Days Festival

Iditarod Sled Dog Race

Sourdough Ball


April  Baby reindeer are born


May Salmon fishing starts!


June  Colony Days


July  Wasilla Water Festival

   Moose Dropping Festival

   Palmer Pride Picnic


August Alaska State Fair


Sept.  Aurora Borealis start

   to become visible


Dec.  Colony Christmas

   Talkeetna Winterfest

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November, 2002

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New Rooms in 2005…….………..…..page four