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 From 1976 to 1980 I lived in Fairbanks Alaska.  It is a beautiful place filled with the best views and the nicest people.  I have visited all 50 states, but nothing is like being there and I hope to one day return.

I was stationed at Eielson Air Force Base approximately 90 miles from the Arctic Circle working as a Fire Prevention Specialist when I saw the Aurora Borealis.  It was night in the middle of winter, a clear sky making for the perfect setting. Unfortunately the clearest of nights were always the coldest. Forty below zero to be exact.

A multicolored spectrum of dancing lights filled the span of the horizon as far as the eye could see.  Some nights the lights would shimmer like satin curtains blowing through the wind. Other nights the lights would reveal themselves as star bursts, a pin wheel of flickering hues which appeared like fireworks on the fourth of July.

Never do the Northern Lights appear the same way twice and it was an unforgettable sight during my stay in Alaska.      

The Aurora Borealis

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1976
Alaska

From 1976 to 1980 I lived in Fairbanks Alaska. It is a beautiful place filled with the best views and the nicest people. I have visited all 50 states, but nothing is like being there and I hope to one day return.

Tags: winter
Decade: 1970s
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Recorded by Holland Messina on January 5, 2014
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