The sky was perfectly clear as the sun went down on our final night, painting the sky and snow in gorgeous shades of blue, yellow, pink, and purple. However, with clear skies and a forecast of a possible aurora borealis (or northern lights) sighting, we were hopeful that the sky would be an even more impressive sight later that night. And we were not disappointed! After bundling up for one last foray into the cold and a quick drive out of the bright lights of town to the dark tundra of the Cake Eater Lab, we saw a stunning display of the northern lights. Despite the cold temperatures we all stayed outside for hours admiring the streaks of green dancing across the night sky, only taking breaks to warm up in the Cake Eater Lab. It truly was the perfect way to end the week and made us even more thankful to have had the opportunity to conduct science at the top of the world.
|Sunset over the tundra at the Cake Eater Lab|
|The view of the Chukchi Sea at dusk from outside our lodging was something I knew I would miss.|
|Alicia & Nate mesmerized by the northern lights|
|Jesus (grad student) from Penn State admiring the sky (and that great tower he put up!)|
|View looking straight up next to the Cakeeater Lab|