Aurora Borealis above Fairbanks, Alaska

Posted on April 13, 2012

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After spending just short of a week in Fairbanks, Alaska, I’m back home reflecting upon some great memories and amazing images. In between red-eye naps and delayed flights, after two back-to-back sleepless northern lights nights, I’m borderline kooky.

Into the Barrel of the Aurora. Looking up from the ground at almost a 90-degree angle, this image was captured while documenting Project Aether at Murphy Dome, just outside Fairbanks, Alaska. [Canon 5D Mark II, 16mm, f2.8, 1250 ISO at 10 seconds] Photo by: Justin Gural / @theTraverse

Into the Barrel of the Aurora. Looking up from the ground at almost a 90-degree angle, this image was captured while documenting Project Aether at Murphy Dome, just outside Fairbanks, Alaska. (Canon 5D Mark II, 16mm, f2.8, 1250 ISO at 10 seconds) Photo by: Justin Gural / @theTraverse

Documenting the aurora borealis at Murphy Dome, just outside Fairbanks, Alaska. (Canon 5D Mark II, 16mm, f2.8, 1250 ISO at 10 seconds) Photo by: Justin Gural / @theTraverse

Documenting the aurora borealis at Murphy Dome, just outside Fairbanks, Alaska. (Canon 5D Mark II, 16mm, f2.8, 1250 ISO at 10 seconds) Photo by: Justin Gural / @theTraverse

On assignment, I traveled to meet the GoPro production team to learn more about a scientific partnership they’ve established with a group of rocket scientists and school teachers. The unified goal: thoroughly document what goes on around the plume of plasma that ignites our beloved –and highly photogenic– aurora borealis, and then excite students across the country to do the same.

This isn’t the surf-slashing, car-jumping POV camera company you might be accustomed to, and that’s why GoPro is so excited about this particular project.

Stay tuned for more about this adventure; which was stock full of late-nights, space flights, retrieval missions, mushing, moose tracks –not the ice cream– and all the mad-scientist shenanigans you might expect from a duo named “Hans and Franz.”

Watch the timelapse, which includes the first-ever video footage from alongside the edge of the aurora, courtesy of GoPro. Very cool, on so many levels…