19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Aurora borealis over the Chena River Valley

The aurora borealis erupting over the Chena River Valley from Angel Rocks near Fairbanks, Alaska. Usually, by mid-April, the aurora borealis season is over in Fairbanks, Alaska. The sky is typically too light at night to be able to see them. This year, there was potential for a CME to impact Earth's magnetosphere on April 24 or 25th. I lucked out with one of the best northern lights displays I've ever seen! Even after 1 am,there was still quite a bit of light on the horizon and even the stars were quite dim compared to our dark winter nights

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Alaska, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D780
Copyright: © Lee Petersen