Click on the thumbnails to watch a movie. I chose the bulkier jpg-animations in some cases where DivX just can't handle the color gradients. Drop me an email if you'd like to see larger versions. You'll need the DivX codec to view the movies; it is free and can be downloaded here.


October 27 2004: I had dragged my camera gear halfway up Ester Dome (on bike) to get a good view of the total lunar eclipse. The totality began just around moonrise, and what a moonrise that could have been - if it hadn't been obscured by these clouds... ~25 sec. between frames, 54 frames (25 min.), 1200x800, 1733KB.



October 27 2004: The very red moon finally rises above the clouds too. Notice the plane coming in for landing at the airport. About 20 seconds between frames, 45 frames (15 min.), 1200x800, 1697KB.



October 27 2004: Just after exiting Earth's shadow after the total eclipse, the moon was accompanied by a nice set of moondogs. Again notice a plane coming in for landing at the airport. ~20 sec. between frames, 16 frames (~5 min.), 1200x800, 485KB.


October 20 2004: We're setting up two towers for a new radar facility at Poker Flat Research Range which is mostly known for its rocket launching facilities. The towers are 80 feet tall, and most of the time is spent attaching guys and temporary guys and tensioning them properly to get the tower straight. It took several days; this time lapse shows only one afternoon. 10 sec. between frames, 1370 frames (~3 hours 50 min.), 720x480, 8738KB.


September 18 2004: The wildfires have finally calmed down. Normally this happens during July-August when the rain usually sets in, but this year the rain never came. So not until this point did cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity help enough to give firefighters the upper hand. More than 6.7 million acres went up in flames, comfortably beating the old record of 5 million acres set back in 1957. These numbers apply to Alaska alone; the situation was similar in the Yukon territory on the Canadian side of the border. This animation (1200x800, 6471KB) shows the development of the fires over the season, spanning from June 1 to September 18. The fire maps used to create the animation are a product of the USDA Forest Service MODIS Active Fire Mapping Program. Credits (and thanks) go to the organizations involved:
USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - MODIS Land Rapid Response
University of Maryland
University of Alaska-Fairbanks
National Interagency Fire Center


September 5 2004: A rock pile on one of the hilltops in the Murphy Dome area had tilted, possibly as a result of the M7.9 earthquake in November 2002. A friend and I decided to rebuild it. The big rock that went on top was pretty heavy. 12 sec. between frames, 200 frames (~40 min.), 720x480, 1272KB.


May 4 2004: A full moon setting over one of the nice houses on Chena Ridge. The following day the other side of the globe witnessed a total lunar eclipse. 10 sec. between frames, 43 frames (~7 min.), 1080x720, 323KB DivX-movie.


April 22 2004: Once again the aurora wasn't what I had hoped, so I went for a time lapse with the crescent moon setting with Venus right over it (and again, it wouldn't have set if it wasn't for the hillside). Isn't that a bit of a moon pillar in there? 20 sec. exposures, 77 of them (~34 min.), 720x480, 207KB DivX-movie.


April 8 2004: Venus setting under some faint aurora. The aurora was hardly visible and only appears because I used a fast lens (Canon 50mm f1.8) with 30 sec. exposure time. If it hadn't been for a hillside, Venus wouldn't have set at all. On the other hand, the almost full moon didn't rise. Things just don't work the same at these latitudes! Intervals a little more than 30 seconds, 21 frames (~13 min.), 1020x680, 135KB DivX-movie.


March 5 2004: Wideangle view of the moon setting. Notice how you can see Earth's shadow as a dark band along the horizon at the beginning, quickly receding. 30 sec. intervals, 50 frames, 400x266, 205KB jpg-animation.



March 5 2004: Closing in on the moon as it approaches the horizon. This correesponds pretty well to what you can see with the naked eye. 20 sec. intervals, 51 frames, 720x480, 443KB jpg-animation.



March 5 2004: Finally, the moonset up close. Notice the almost perfect timing between moonset and sunrise! 6 sec. intervals, 64 frames, 660x440, 668KB jpg-animation.