A free new tool from Explore Fairbanks helps travelers plan adventures around expected aurora borealis and midnight sun viewing opportunities.
The organization's Aurora and Midnight Sun Tracker, now available at www.explorefairbanks.com
, is compatible with smartphones, tablets and desktops.
The Midnight Sun Tracker calculates the number of daylight hours any time of year in Fairbanks, Coldfoot and Utqiavik (formerly Barrow). Set on the 65th parallel, Fairbanks has 70 straight days of sunlight from May 17 to July 17.
With Explore Fairbanks' Aurora Tracker, users can explore real-time and three-day forecasts of northern lights data correlated to six locations. The tool combines three data streams to provide information, including aurora data from the University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute.
Fairbanks' location under the "Auroral Oval," a band over the North and South Poles where aurora activity is concentrated, makes it a prime location for northern lights viewing during the Aug. 21 to April 21 aurora season.