Tips on Viewing the Northern Lights

Several years ago I flew to Fairbanks in March with the intent of seeing the Northern Lights. They have an institute there, connected to the University, whose website has lots of helpful information. For example, go when there is a new (invisible) moon, so the sky will be really dark.

On the outbound flight the lights were happening big time…plenty of reds. The FA noticed me glued to the window, with a jacket over my head to keep out cabin lights, and said that the flight crew up front were enjoying the show also.

That was the only time I saw them…it was overcast for my 2 nights on the ground.

So, my tip would be to fly in and out at night, guaranteeing that you will be above the clouds.