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Aurora and Arcturus over Granite Tors on August 27, 2000 - Chena, Alaska
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"The Granite Tors Trail is taking us to this natural Alaskan Stonehenge scenery on the second day of our hike. The tors were formed 70 - 90 million years ago, when molten rock pushed upward and cooled before reaching the surface. The granite formations were then exposed by the erosion of the surrounding earth, revealing the towering spires we can see all over the terrain. The regional weather forecast channel on the radio is not expecting any rain for tonight, predicting strong winds under mostly clear skies. Although food and water supplies are running low, we are deciding to spend yet another night under the stars and set up camp nearby a group of large granite tors. After all, geomagnetic activity is expected to continue at strong levels and the sky is going to be dark (New Moon) and clear. Setting up camp is a little more challenging this time around under these gusty wind conditions. All four of us are squeezing into one tent in order to stay warm and enjoy a light but delicious meal together. [...] The sky is getting darker, the first stars are coming out and it is time to start looking for a good spot to set up my camera and tripod. I am finding a good shelter from the strong winds by staying closer to a larger granite rock wall. The group is now watching the skies for the first signs of auroral activity. But we don't have to wait for too long this time: A green glow is quickly forming an arch, then many arches, and then suddenly, the sky bursts into many colors and shapes with multiple auroral curtains sweeping overhead, many coronas [...] My teammates are watching the Northern Lights show in awe. Despite the strong winds I can hear them cheering during more intense moments of this long-lasting display - while myself being rather busy taking pictures, repositioning the tripod from one place to another, switching cameras, changing films..." It was a cold and quite strenuous night. But we were rewarded by one of the strongest auroral displays of the season. In the picture above our teammate Debra raises her arms standing between large granite tors. The prominent star located in the center of this image is Arcturus.

Location: Chena / Granite Tors Trail, Alaska on August 27, 2000

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