Aurora Hunter by Todd Salat - Your source for the northern lights

Happy Holidays!

2023 has been an exceptional Aurora year in Alaska and the crowning moment of this autumn is shown in my new release “Crown Jewel” ~ Red northern lights over Denali is a combination that I’ve very rarely seen in over 30 years of Aurora Hunting and the alignment of that highlander beam rising above The Mountain blew me away. Another newbie I recently photographed is “Star Globe” ~ it’s like a snow globe but with stars floating everywhere!

Also new for 2023: In April I caught a SpaceX spiral that I titled “Mysterious Moment” ~ I’m proud that this shot is in the running for the next edition of Ripley‘s Believe It or Not! And in February I was extremely excited to have scored a brilliant light show over Seward, Alaska. This target had been on my bucket list for quite a while and resulted in “Seward Candelabra” and “Treasure Trove.”

IT’S SHOWTIME! Shay & I are set up for our 25th annual Holiday Photo Gallery in the Dimond Center in Anchorage, Alaska and we’ll be open from Black Friday until New Year’s Eve. We’re in the same storefront as last year upstairs by the movie theater so if you’re ever cruisin’ through the mall, please stop on by. I’ll also be posting this & that at Facebook/AuroraHunter.

Have a Great Holiday Season!

Todd Salat

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Fire Dancer

Auroras dance over my head in Anchorage, Alaska on September 2, 2023 at 12:37 am. I saw these despite the city lights on a bright moonlit night. If it’s clear & dark nothing can stop a big aurora show, especially when they’re right on top of you.

Aurora Hunter Nighttime Photos

  • AK Caboose
  • Anchorage Lights
  • Anchorage Supermoon
  • Crown Jewel
  • Denali Stars
  • Dreamscape
  • Eagle Eye
  • Epic Flight
  • Eureka!
  • Fireball
  • Heaven and Earth
  • Icelandic Flow
  • Kennecott Treasures
  • Memorial Lights
  • Moon and Mars
  • Mysterious Moment
  • Pilot's Dream
  • Pioneer Mint
  • Polar Vortex
  • Rise Above
  • Seward Candelabra
  • Spirit in the Sky
  • Star Globe
  • Supernova
  • Treasure Trove
  • Valley of Light
  • Whirled View
  • White Satin

Aurora Hunter Daytime Photos

  • Alaska Gold
  • Denali Fireweed
  • Denali Wonder
  • Morning Glory
  • Patriot Bear
  • Sky Blue Pink
  • The Legend

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New Releases

Crown Jewel

Crown Jewel

Auroras beam over Denali Mountain,
Alaska's crown jewel, just after
midnight on September 25, 2023.

~ This perfect alignment blew me away and
was the crowning moment of the night ~

Catch Aurora »
Star Globe

Star Globe

Stars of the Milky Way Galaxy stretch
high above Willow Creek in
Hatcher Pass on November 13, 2023.

~ It’s awe that I feel when staring deep into the
nighttime sky and I find this awe inspiring! ~

Catch Aurora »
Seward Candelabra

Seward Candelabra

Auroras blaze above Seward, AK
from Miller's Landing, Lowell Point
at midnight on February 21, 2023.

~ When the solar wind blew on these aurora
candles, a radiant wish was granted! ~

Catch Aurora »
Treasure Trove

Treasure Trove

Seward, Alaska is surrounded
by a scenic trove of natural beauty
during this full-sky aurora display on
February 21, 2023 at 1:20 am.

~ Welcome to Resurrection Bay and the
world-class Kenai Fjords ~

Catch Aurora »
Mysterious Moment

Mysterious Moment

A glowing whirlpool of light sails
over Donnelly Dome near
Delta Junction, Alaska,
on April 15, 2023 at 1:54 am

~ It's rocket science! Spiraling SpaceX engine
exhaust catches sunlight and turns bluish-white ~

Catch Aurora »


Massive auroras explode over the
Brooks Range of Northern Alaska
on October 15, 2022 at 1:45 am.

~ This was thee most intense and best
20-minute aurora display of my life! ~

Catch Aurora »
Memorial Lights

Memorial Lights

Auroras light up the
Alaska Veterans Memorial in
Denali State Park near midnight
on January 30, 2022.

~ To ALL of America's fallen & living
Heroes & Heroines, we salute you!

Catch Aurora »


Auroral light dazzles the senses above my
candlelit cabin in Hatcher Pass, Alaska
on January 29, 2022 at 3 am.

~ Cheers to finding space where
dreams are free to roam ~

Catch Aurora »


3 Movie Bundle

Each of these movies are a great way to experience the awe-inspiring auroras in motion through Todd's extensive time-lapse footage. Together, they provide an in-depth experience into real life aurora hunting and were many years in the making. Both visual journeys are enhanced with science and music that ranges from space-age acoustic sensations to aurora rock! 3-Movie Bundle


Solar Cycle

Here's a graph illustrating when in the solar cycle I've taken some of my favorite shots. The key thing to remember is that auroras occur throughout the cycle from Solar Max to Solar Min. They're just not quite as common during the lows in the cycle. More on the Solar Cycle

Precious Metals

We are absolutely smitten with Metal Prints. The results of having my aurora & scenic shots printed on aluminum have been WOW-With Out Words! The inks are dye-infused onto a specially-coated aluminum sheet and sealed with a gemlike UV coating that is both water and scratch resistant. We have commonly heard people say, "It's like looking through a window"...."Are these backlit?"...."They look so 3D." And the archival quality is out of this world (think century plus). This is a technological breakthrough and the results are in HIGH DEF!

More information can be found on our Metal Print Page.

Metal Frame

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