Alaska Fun Fact: Fairbanks, Alaska is one of the best places on earth to see the Aurora Borealis or northern lights. In fact, nature’s light display can be seen an average of 243 days a year in Fairbanks.
The northern lights are produced by charged electrons and protons striking the earth’s upper atmosphere. Bright, energetic curtains of yellow, green, red or even purple light brighten the night skies regularly in the interior of Alaska. Fairbanks is situated within a ring-shaped region around the North Pole called the auroral oval. While intensity varies, the most common yellow-green glow occurs heavily between late August and April. A couple of Alaska resorts even offer viewing of the northern lights from the warm comfortable waters of a hot spring.
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