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Old 04-04-2012, 12:03 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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A total eclipse of the sun is more impressive than either of the above.
I have never seen the midnight sun, but I have seen two full shows of aurora borealis, each lasted more than an hour (probably even longer had we not left when the temperature dropped down to -12C.) I have also seen solar eclipse (total, partial, and annular) many times. The latter has nothing on the former (my feeble attempt to capture its splendour was shown in post #3.)

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Old 04-05-2012, 06:40 AM
 
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The aurora is worth going to see. I've seen it once, too far south to be in color, but I got the full vivid effect. It is eerie, because your eyes are seeing something that your logical mind cannot account for. The movement of the aurora wafting through the sky resembles a sheer curtain being wind-blown across your field of view. It's hard to sleep at night after seeing that, the image won't go away.
Fantastic.

Any thoughts on Alaska, Iceland, vs. Norway for seeing them? In terms of cost, other stuff to do, chances of actually seeing the lights, etc.

(I live on the US East coast).
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