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Northern Lights Dance Over Denali

Environment  (tags: Alaska, America, aurora borealis Denali environment, Light show )

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The northern lights recently made an appearance over Alaska's Denali National Park, and as the above photo shows, they did not disappoint.

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Kit B (276)
Monday February 4, 2013, 9:42 am
Photo CREDIT: U.S. Department of the Interior

The northern lights recently made an appearance over Alaska's Denali National Park, and as the above photo shows, they did not disappoint.

Northern lights are powerful geomagnetic storms, also known as auroras. They are seen on Earth when charged particles from the sun hit the Earth's atmosphere. The light show was visible across Alaska this past weekend (Jan. 26-27).

Denali covers a whopping 6 million acres of land in the Alaskan wilderness. The landscape ranges from taiga forest to high alpine tundra to snowy mountains. Denali is home to the tallest peak in North America, Mount McKinley, which has a height of 20,320 feet (6,193 meters). The mountain is part of the Alaskan range, which covers some 600 miles (966 kilometers), where "solitude, tranquility and wilderness await," as the park's website says.

Twenty-four-year-old Christopher McCandless was seeking just that when in 1992 he set out on Denali's Stampede Trail. He famously left everything behind, even his name, adopting the trail name of Alexander Supertramp. But his journey was tragic he died just a few months later of starvation near Denali's Lake Wentitika. The story of his travels was made into the 2007 film "Into The Wild."

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Farah Hage Ali (152)
Monday February 4, 2013, 11:23 am
noted, thank you

JL A (281)
Monday February 4, 2013, 1:16 pm
Thanks so much--I can never get enough of visuals of the northern lights!!

Past Member (0)
Monday February 4, 2013, 4:15 pm
Thanks Kit...always wanted to go back to Denali to see the Northern Lights (which my husband saw numerous times). We did have a not-very-spectacular display here in New England a few years ago but it wasn't the same.

pam w (139)
Monday February 4, 2013, 4:36 pm

Tamara H (185)
Monday February 4, 2013, 6:05 pm
I have yet to see the Northern Lights anywhere. They are certainly beautiful in the photos. Thanks for the share Kit.

Christine Stewart (134)
Monday February 4, 2013, 6:14 pm

Linda R (17)
Monday February 4, 2013, 6:22 pm
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Monday February 4, 2013, 6:27 pm
Beautiful display, yet also as they seem to signify that we human beings are only one part of this great universe.

Ness F (211)
Monday February 4, 2013, 6:38 pm
Stunning, only discussed with hubby the other evening, I'd love to experience viewing them one day!

Kay M (347)
Monday February 4, 2013, 6:42 pm
love northern lights.

Vicky P (476)
Monday February 4, 2013, 7:23 pm

Robby R (15)
Monday February 4, 2013, 7:42 pm

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Monday February 4, 2013, 7:44 pm
These are beautiful. I have always wanted to see the Aurora Borealis. Its magical to me somehow.

I saw the story about Christopher McCandless, he was a clueless, idealistic young man who went to Alaska to "live off the land" just like the pioneers did. His only companion for advice was a book of edible and non-edible(poisionous) plants.

He was always careful to eat only the plants labeled edible. He did not take into account the fact that many plants, of different species, look almost exactly alike.

Only too late, did he realize he had eaten a poisionus plant. He knew this as (he wrote in his diary) he was suddenly afflicted with the inability to swallow anything. Nothing. Not water, not food. Days went by, no relief. His throat had completely, and seemingly irreversibly, closed and he died. He placed himself in his sleeping bag and simply died.

He(his body) was discovered by hunters in the area.

Angelika R (143)
Monday February 4, 2013, 8:08 pm
wow, absolutely sheer beauty! Wish I could see them in real and in this area. Thx Kit! Our planet still IS marvellous..

Christina G (11)
Monday February 4, 2013, 8:24 pm
not only is it incredibly glorious but some have said they heard singing... i want to go but there are no guarentees i would see it!!

Past Member (0)
Monday February 4, 2013, 9:00 pm

Michael M (60)
Monday February 4, 2013, 9:10 pm
Tamara, only afew miles North of Milwaukee, you can see them.
Go up along Lake Superior and be outside without lights on a summer night, and it might happen. Skating on a lake in the long winter nights, you have even more chances. Go yet farther North, and you will more often see bright aurora colors, instead of the most often seen green curtains and dances seen in the lower US.

Magdika Cecilia Perez (131)
Monday February 4, 2013, 11:32 pm
thank you

Magdika Cecilia Perez (131)
Monday February 4, 2013, 11:33 pm
thank you

Magdika Cecilia Perez (131)
Monday February 4, 2013, 11:34 pm
thank you

Frans B (582)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 12:15 am
wow!...amazing, I really hope I will be able to witness that (or the Southern Lights) before I die....

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 12:30 am
Thank you.

paul m (93)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:46 am


Peggy Peters (29)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 3:03 am
TY Kit, for the post...beautiful!

Ro H (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 5:01 am

Sandi C (98)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 7:32 am
I would love to see them.

Bruno Moreira (61)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:42 am
wow so nice!!

Christeen A (369)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 11:40 am
Stunning. Thank you.

Autumn S (151)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 1:08 pm
Thanks, Kit :) they are just awesome

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 3:09 pm
My son is very much into science and I would love to be able to take him just once to see this incredible display. Thus far we have only seen it in books and on documentaries. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 3:24 pm
Absolutely love the northern lights, another great series of pictures shared - thanks.

Natalie V (27)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 4:53 pm

greenplanet e (155)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 6:49 pm

People do need to take care in the wild and the cold.
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