A series of massive solar flares have in recent days erupted off the stormy surface of the sun; the last two were big enough to disrupt radio transmissions on Earth and likely produce aurora borealis shows that Southcentral Alaskans may witness after midnight, when the sun has finally gone down.
With sun shining and discounted travel arriving thanks to seasonal airline service from Anchorage to West Coast destinations and even to Europe, now's the time to see and experience some of the world's best art and cultural exhibitions. Scott McMurren
Top 10: As May approaches, airlines traveling to and from Alaska multiply, bringing an almost embarrassing selection of great deals, along with hide-and-seek travel treasures to the Northwest, Rockies, Eastern seaboard and beyond. Scott McMurren