Saturday, January 11, 2014

Back in Alaska... back on the blog?

That's the Prius after ~1.5 months of sitting unattended. I've been out of Alaska since early December but I'm back now. In that time I went to the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco where I presented a poster on my time-of-flight calculation, which I'll probably explain in more detail here sometime while organizing my thoughts into a paper to be published. Then I spent the holidays in Arkansas.

I've been thinking for a while that I let this blog go for too long, and other people started pointing it out to me as well, so I'm going to try keeping up with it again. I built an automated all-sky aurora camera, you should click here to see what the sky looks like above Poker Flat RIGHT NOW!!!! Unless it's daytime because the camera only runs at nighttime. But there's a lot of nighttime in the interior this time of year, so your chances are pretty good. So much nighttime, in fact, that I've already worn out the shutter on one of the Nikon D610's used for the project - that's 180,847 photographs in ~1.5 months. Anyway, I intend to do a post or two here about how I set up the automation, so others who are interested can follow along.

Otherwise, I'm heading back up to Toolik Lake on Monday and returning to Fairbanks on Wednesday, weather permitting, so I'm sure I'll post something on that. Then we have a rocket launch window beginning at the end of this month, so I intend to do some behind the scenes rocket posts.

Until then.


  1. I'm excited to see that aurora camera when it's dark!

    1. It's pretty cool, I keep it open in the background a lot and check it whenever I think about it.