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Finally a Few Aurora Photos from Murphy Dome

I took a drive out to Murphy Dome earlier tonight to take some pictures. It was a little eerie walking around in the dark by myself on top of the dome. By eerie I mean I'm surprised I wasn't trampled...

This is What Our Cabin Looked Like Tonight

It was really pretty, so I took a picture. But then I came back inside. Because it is cold. The Sun rises a little after 9am, and sets before 4pm, but when it's clear and looks like this outside why...

Nocturnal Visitor

This little guy came to our suet feeder tonight for a few minutes. He's a northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus yukonensis). It was a cute little thing with huge eyes. I've never seen one that looked quite like this, and...

Fairbanks, Alaska

Night view of Fairbanks from the top of Murphy Dome. Kate and I haven't spent a whole lot of time in Fairbanks since getting here. So, we thought it would be a good day to go into town and explore...

Nanooks Won!

Kate and I went to a hockey game tonight between the UAF Nanooks and the Michigan Wolverines with one of Kate's friends and her family. It was a lot of fun and the Nanooks wiped the floor with Michigan 3-0,...

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Bear swipes at boy on way to school in Alaska town

Alaska is like that town that was near your town, but you would always say, "careful around that place. It's crazy."Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Bear swipes at boy on way to school in Alaska town

A Day of Firsts

Today I voted for the first time in the state of Alaska. Also, today our brand new car broke something fierce. Today was my first witnessed continuous sunrise/sunset. While Kate was driving me to school something blew in the (front?)...

Sunrise from home

I finally had the chance to sleep in after one of the longest and hardest work weeks I have ever had. I think I worked an average of 16 hours a day this week, including the weekend. So I woke...

Murphy Dome at night

I have a lot of new pictures I would like to share, I hope you don't mind. Jason and Alex, fellow grad students, and I drove up to Murphy Dome to try to photograph the aurora. We barely got much...

Yesterday: Sunrise to Sunset

Yesterday the Sun rose at 9:00 am Alaska time. Every day here is a totally new play on the lighting over the Tanana Valley and the Alaska Range. Yesterday was exceptional: clear, cold, bits o' fog, great color, and great...

Richardson Highway – Salcha, Harding Lake, Chena Lake, Chena River and North Pole

Kate and I went for a drive again, this time driving southeast on the Alaska Highway.  This is the same route we took into Alaska, but it was fairly overcast on the day we arrived so we didn't see much. ...

Northern Lights

The aurora stopped by again tonight and I was camera ready. With the help of spaceweather.com it's pretty easy to stay on top of things. The statistical auroral oval provided by NOAA lets me know when there's a good chance...

Plugging for the little guys

I want to start advocating for the use of more opensource software.  There is a whole philosophy with a lot of programmers that software should be freely distributed, many of them work incredibly hard to put together packages that anyone...

Good Morning

Morning sunrise (9:13am, official sunrise today occurred at 8:47am) and Otis looking the wrong way.It was 10 degrees [F] this morning, 11 with the wind chill? So, the actual temperature at our house must have been near zero. Weather forecasting...

Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Fairbanks!

Today is October 11th!  The temperature forecast for Dover, NH is 62 [deg F];  Stillwater, MN will be 76;  Cincinnati, OH will be about 86.  Here in Fairbanks it will be 31 and guess what!  It snowed!I had to go...

Good Morning

At 7:40 am this morning there was no sun. Dawn had begun about 40 minutes earlier and now while I am writing this at 8:01 am it is still dawn. The Sun won't rise for another 24 minutes at 8:25...

Recent photos

Some of you may have noticed that the quality of my flickr photos have gotten a little better recently. It doesn't have anything to do with my photography skills. You could throw a camera at a tree in this state...

Aurora Tonight!

And it was a great show. It lasted about one hour, but was only really bright, and I mean REALLY bright for about 10 or 15 minutes. I've seen the whole sky lit up pretty bright a few times, but...

Elliot Highway

Kate and I took a drive up the Elliott Highway today. It starts in Fox, just north of Fairbanks and ends at the Manley Hot Springs after crossing the famous Dalton Highway. I had hoped that we would make it...

Starvation Gulch at UAF

It's a really, really big bonfire. Actually it was 4 really big bonfires, each one bigger than the first. They kind of surround the crowd in a semicircle. It gets incredibly hot on the inside and you spend most of...

Some More Pictures to Check Out

So, my friend, colleague, and classmate, Jason has been taking some great aurora photos here in Fairbanks. I strongly urge you to check them out on his flickr site here. He's also a really good photographer, so you should check...

Elusive Denali

I finally got a picture of it to share. It's pretty lousy, but still awesome seeing as its about 150 miles away. I took this picture outside the Reichardt Building at UAF on the morning of September 13th. It's hard...

Last Week

Last week was our first really hard week. Lots of homework due, lots of class planning and grading, additional non-homework classwork, then there's the time spent just trying to figure out what is going on. It was truly an 80...

Four Oddities of Fairbanks (from an outsider)

(1) So the last week has been (apparently) unseasonably warm here in Fairbanks. That being said, the last two days we have woken up to 32 [deg F] temperatures. Even though the mornings are crisp, the daytime temperatures have been...

Beautiful, Beautiful Denali National Park

Denali National Park is gorgeous. I will be posting most of the pictures on flickr (Denali Set) over the next couple of days, but for now I'll just share some highlight photos. We went on Sunday, September 5, and it...

1st Day of School

My classes have officially begun! When Kate dropped me off today in front of the Reichardt Building (physics, chemistry, and geology departments) we were treated to a fantastic view of the Alaska Range. The building sits on Wood Creek Butte...

September 1st, not quite a frost

But, it did get a little chilly. The car told me it was 36 [deg F] this morning. The leaves are more yellow when compared with yesterday. Yes, Autumn is officially here.

All Photos Have Been Posted!

All the pictures Kate and I have taken from the drive and the first couple of weeks in Fairbanks have been posted to my Flickr account.http://www.flickr.com/photos/leepetersen/If you haven't used Flickr much before, I have organized everything into sets (usually on...

The Trip, (continued) LAST DAY!

Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska! Driving was getting tiring, but the scenery was unbelievable. I think we had been driving alongside big mountains for about a thousand miles. We left pretty early in the morning to try to arrive in...

The Trip, (continued) Day 6

Fort Nelson, British Columbia to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory Enter the Canadian Rockies. It’s a lot like the U.S. Rockies without the people and places. In other words, they are very nice. Today starts a stretch of trees and mountains like...

The Trip (continued), Day 5

Edmonton, Alberta to Fort Nelson, British Columbia Today we drove through land that reminds me very much of eastern Montana or Wyoming. There are very dry, rolling, slightly rocky hills and very few towns. The main difference is that when...

The Trip, (continued) Day 4

Regina, Saskatchewan to Edmonton, Alberta We finally get a short day of driving. According to AAA Tripticks it’s only going to be about an eight hour drive. Since the odometer hit 3500 miles today, it’s also a good day for...

No Internets Right Now

Sorry folks, internet was scarce in the Yukon, and we have yet to obtain it in-house. It will probably be sometime next week that it gets turned on, so I'll wait to finish up the rest of the amazing trip...

The Alaska Highway Fights Back

It's day five and we have arrived in Ft. Nelson, British Columbia. After finally arriving on the Alaska Highway after a little over 3000 miles the car took its first hard hit. Coming down some big hill in the foothills...

Days 1, 2, 3

So it is day 4. Say what? I wanted to write every night, but it turned out that I would get to the hotel and pass out every afternoon. So today I'll cap off what's happened so far. Kate and...

Still Packing

Two days left to go! No, we are not finished packing and no, I have no idea when we are going to find the time to finish packing. I love moving, but I hate the stupid process. For those of...