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Glory in the Night Sky

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Sunday April 14, 2013

Tok, AK (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Glorious magic in the night sky last night, whirling, bright and colorful! Alaska Airlines zooms across the night sky, wonder what it's like to be a pilot on a night like this...

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27. katy99780
10:12 PM GMT on April 21, 2013
Thank you Milnei!

Yes they are very high in the sky, some 40-60 miles I think. But a pilot would not have to look around the treetops, he could see the WHOLE SKY, what a sight that must be!
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26. milnei
7:00 AM GMT on April 17, 2013
Forgive me if I'm wrong but I believe Aurora are very high up in the stratosphere, and would look the same from an airline pilots perspectivee at 40,000ft.

On the one occasion I whitnessed the Aurora from the Buckingham in the UK, I was talking to my dad on the phone who was 60 miles away, and he was seeing the same patterns, so it must be very high up.

Lovely pictures though!
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25. katy99780
4:14 AM GMT on April 16, 2013
Thank you Dave and David.

You are absolutely correct David, and at 15 seconds exposure on each frame, a meteor would have been an instant flash that probably wouldn't show up at all.
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24. DavidInSATX
4:01 AM GMT on April 16, 2013
Awesome shot & series! I did some shots of the ISS passing overhead a few days ago and it would look similar to the Alaska Air passing over in these frames. A meteor passing by would be in one frame only due to its speed
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23. WurzelDave
7:25 PM GMT on April 15, 2013
Splendiferous GIF Katy.
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22. katy99780
7:20 PM GMT on April 15, 2013
Me too Larry. Me too. It was -16 F.
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21. LarryD
7:19 PM GMT on April 15, 2013
Outstanding. I would so love to take a photo like this. What a magical time. Having said that, I am tired of winter.
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20. katy99780
7:08 PM GMT on April 15, 2013
Thank you MistyNites, Laura, Tanya, Wanda and Sharon!

MistyNites, that is an airplane, flight from Fairbanks to Seattle.
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19. nanapoo
6:29 PM GMT on April 15, 2013
WOW WOW WOW!!
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18. Wanda1948
4:30 PM GMT on April 15, 2013
Katy, it must be a fascinating spectacle in the sky! I would like to see it sometime!
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17. TanyaMass
12:19 PM GMT on April 15, 2013
Outstanding show! Thank you very much for sharing, Katy!
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16. SunsetSailor
11:52 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Thank yo Katy, this is the next best thing to being there.
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15. MistyNites
4:38 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Also a falling star!! I hope one day to view the Northern Lights
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14. katy99780
3:50 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Thanks Kim and mrwing13!
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13. mrwing13
3:47 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Beautiful gif! Thanks for sharing.
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12. ruralartist
2:42 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
What wild skies you have Katy!!! Thanks for letting me share them. And, congrats on your AC in this series.
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11. katy99780
2:05 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Thank you Charlotte, Doug, sgray11 and Ivan!

Ivan we can just about set out clocks by the regular flights from Fairbanks to Seattle. :)
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10. kippic
1:55 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Well done. If you hadn't mentioned Alaska Airlines I might have thought that a meteor.
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9. sgray11
1:35 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Fabulous! Love the shooting star as well!
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8. TucsonDoug
1:18 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Wow, exciting! Thanks for sharing.
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7. llpj04
12:37 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Thanks for braving the cold to bring us this beauty!
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6. katy99780
11:44 PM GMT on April 14, 2013
Thank you womby!

You might not want to lie under the night sky here, unless you have something heated to lie on... it was -16 F.
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5. womby
11:23 PM GMT on April 14, 2013
  • This Glory in the Night Sky is wonderful. Something I have thought of for a long time is to lie under the night sky and watch the arora borealis. It is on my bucket list. Thank you very much for posting this. 
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4. katy99780
11:18 PM GMT on April 14, 2013
Thank you very much David, Gil and Michal!
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3. Kajzar
10:56 PM GMT on April 14, 2013
Simply amazing!
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2. gilg72
9:52 PM GMT on April 14, 2013
Fantastic! Good job.
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1. Jakeof
9:32 PM GMT on April 14, 2013
That is almost as good as seeing it myself.
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I've lived in Alaska since 1969. I love this wild land. The extremes of the far north shape and affect every living thing. Extremes of weather, elevation, daylight hours, isolation, flora and fauna, nothing in Nature is insignificant.I have a Davis Vantage Pro weather station, uploading to Wunderground, (Turks on the Tundra) the National Weather Service, the Citizen Weather Observation Program and MADIS (Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System). "May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart." ~ Indigenous Arctic Proverb

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