Alaska Aurora Cam - Northern Lights Webcam in Fairbanks, Alaska - Ronn Murray Photography & Tours

Fairbanks, Alaska Aurora Webcam - Northern Lights Camera and Data Center
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Alaska Aurora Cam
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Alaska Camera are the folks who gear us up and they have everything you need to photograph the Northern Lights for purchase or for rental.
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The eMotimo TB3 allows us to create amazing camera move timelapse shots and helps keep this site going. Many of our Northern Lights timelapse videos were captured using the eMotimo TB3 Black which makes shooting professional timelapse easy. To see this amazing tool in action, in Ultra HD 4K click here. And check out this video to see a behind the scenes setup.
This camera overlooks Murphy Dome and is housed at the remote Sirius Sled Dogs Cabin in Fairbanks, Alaska. This cabin is off the grid and powered by the solar panels and in the dark months supplemented with a generator. The camera is connected online via cellular network. Check out the local weather throughout the day. At night, keep an eye out for beautiful views of the Fairbanks night sky including the magical Northern Lights. Scroll down for real-time Aurora data and short term forcasts. Should you happen to be viewing this site while there is no aurora on the webcam, you'll find a Daily Image Gallery at the bottom of the page which includes daily images from previous nights. If the image appears black, it's because we are clouded over and can't see the sky. If it appears to be daylight at night check the moon phase as a full moon looks like daylight to a night sensitive camera. You'll also find some fun behind the scenes images here. Don't forget to visit our pals at Aurora Borealis Notifications to get the latest Aurora News

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The Alaska Aurora Cam is a Canon 6D DSLR with a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 and is mounted in a Harbortronics weatherproof housing.

As this has been a crowd funded effort, images from the webcam only are available for your use. Images may be shared and used but we do ask that you leave the watermark in tact and include a link back to Thank you to all who have supported this camera and kept it going! The image feed may not be used on any other website.

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Northern Lights Real-Time Spaceweather Information

For a much more in depth look at real-time and long term Space weather conditions we highly recommend a visit to SOLARHAM. They are our go-to source for Aurora forcasting.
Space Weather Dials courtesy of Rice University's Department of Physics & Astronomy

Rice U IMF Angle Rice U SW Density Rice U Solar Wind Rice U SW Pressure Rice U IMF Magnitude Rice U SW Temp
Data and images courtesy of NOAA Spaceweather for informational purposes only.
The Sun at a glance
Real-time SDO and SOHO images from our star

Sunspots Sunspots SDO 211, 193, 171 Composite

3-Day Space Weather Outlook

Long term forecast information will be updated around 2:00 PM Alaska Time when possible

Joint USAF/NOAA Solar Geophysical Activity 3-Day Forecast
SDF Number 29 Issued at 2200z on 29 Jan 2014

Dates and times are UTC time which is +9 hours for Fairbanks, Alaska loctaed in the AKST zone.

Solar Activity Forecast:

Day 1 (Jan 30) Solar activity is expected to be Low with a chance for M-class flares and a slight chance for an X-class flare.
Day 2 (Jan 31) Solar activity is expected to be Low with a chance for M-class flares and a slight chance for an X-class flare.
Day 3 (Feb 01) Solar activity is expected to be Low with a chance for M-class flares and a slight chance for an X-class flare.

Geophysical Activity Forecast:
Day 1 (Jan 30) The geomagnetic field is expected to be at Quiet to Minor Storm levels.
Day 2 (Jan 31) The geomagnetic field is expected to be at Quiet to Minor Storm levels.
Day 3 (Feb 01) The geomagnetic field is expected to be at Quiet to Active levels.

Geophysical Activity Scale
Minor Storm
Major-Severe Storm


Solar Wind Predictionimage

Personal Note: (Updated: 01/26/15) It's looking pretty nice for tonight if the Bz plays nice! The end of the month looks pretty good as well as we head into the strong Southern Coronal Hole wind stream and the next couple weeks are very likely to see a nice increase in solar activy as well so it should be a great start to the spring portion of our Aurora Season! Don't miss it!

Alaska Aurora Camera - Daily Images

Live Northern Lights at Sirius Sled Dogs (Recorded from a live broadcast Friday Night, Nov 21st )

3-Day History

  • January 26th - Alaska Aurora Cam

    On January 26th just after midnight the University of Fairbanks, Alaska launched 4 sounding rockets to study the interaction of solar winds and Earth’s atmosphere. Using different gasses they were able to make a glowing cloud of sorts that would allow them to study this interaction with imagery. The temperature at the time of this video was around -43ºF Learn more here.

Discuss the webcam here. Please keep comments family friendly

  • Ronn Murray

    10 hours ago

    Thank you all! Sorry I've been out and not here. We'll hopefully have this camera working reliably soon again as well! :-)

  • Shery Meschede

    on Jan 29

    Awesome video!

  • Alethea Espino

    on Jan 28

    Your video was posted on Reddit :)

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    Volker J. Hruby

    on Jan 28

    Thank you for all you do for us Aurora fans. Living in Anchorage since 1959. This year planning a trip to Fairbanks for a whole week sometimes early March.

  • Maggie Majszak Erickson

    on Jan 27

    Wish I could see what you see at night. Don't see the northern light's very often here in northwest lower Michigan.

  • Ronn Murray

    on Jan 26

    We've isolated the cause of the camera outages and hope to have a solution soon. The issue occurs when the generator that keeps the power supplied to the house and cabin up at Sirius Sled Dogs is running. Due to some irregularities in the system, we are seeing voltage spikes and drop offs which are just enough to cause the camera to stop communicating with the server. This will be resolved by an electrician the 3rd week of Feb. In the meantime, the generator only runs during the day to charge batteries on the system for this off-the-grid home and so the camera will function normally at night. We will add a UPS/surge protector to the system to see if this helps until the electrician correct this. Please bare with us as we work through this to get the camera, but more importantly, the Sirius Sled Dogs folks back to normal.

  • Ronn Murray

    on Jan 25

    We're having a battle with the webcam the last few days. No idea what the problem seems to be. Sometime it works for hours, sometimes it quites every 5 shots. We'll head up and try to troubleshoot. Please forgive any outages until we sort this out.

  • Ronn Murray

    on Jan 22

    You asked, we listened!

    Small prints, postcards and merchandise are now available for purchase from the Daily Cam Images gallery. Just click the BUY button below the image you would like to purchase.

  • Ronn Murray

    on Jan 14

    Thank you Greg!

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