Aurora and the Dippers

By: Dennis Mammana


Region: Polar Regions

Site: Fairbanks - Alaska - USA

Date: 2012 February 29

Moonlight shining on freshly fallen snow creates a magical "Christmas Card" scene, especially with the northern lights dancing in the sky. High in the sky shine the two stellar icons of the northern sky: the Big and Little Dippers. Polaris is the bright star that marks the "handle" of the Little Dipper, and can be found by tracing a line from the Big Dipper's "pointer" stars. Dennis Mammana/

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