Potential disruption to AuroraWatch UK on 09/10 December

On Sunday 9th December, Lancaster University will be completing an upgrade to their file storage system. This work will affect the server that stores the AuroraWatch UK data. The work is expected to commence at 6pm (UTC) on Sunday 09 December and be complete by 8am (UTC) on Monday 10 December 2018. However, some manual…

LAN2 alert issues

The magnetometer located near Lancaster University, known as LAN2, is currently experiencing an issue with one of its sensors. While investigations are underway, we have temporarily removed LAN2 from the list of AuroraWatch UK alert sites. The data from LAN2 is still available on our website but our alert system will not use its data…

It’s survey time!

Edit (24/05/18 19:36 BST): the survey is now closed. Thanks to all who took part! Today we are opening up our AuroraWatch UK alert survey and we’d like to encourage you to take part. The aim of the survey is to better understand how you use our alerts, how quickly you respond to them, and…

Watch UK aurora live from the comfort of your own home.

We’re sure that many of you have already heard of the Shetland cliff cams: they’re famous amongst the UK aurora hunting community for providing the first sights of aurora from the UK. For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to often see the aurora from our own back yards, the real-time HD video feeds…

Aurora captured near Wooler, Northumerbalnd by Tony Robson.

A night of the shy aurora

Yesterday, we posted that a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch was in place for 04-05 December. This storm watch was issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency who are responsible for space weather forecasts in the US, and was the result of a recurrent coronal hole. This coronal hole was the source of a…

How to set up Twitter notifications

Twitter can be used to receive instant AuroraWatch UK alerts. In the following we describe the steps to get the Twitter alerts set-up on your phone. Step 1: If you don’t have one already, create a Twitter account. Step 2: Download the Twitter app to your smartphone and log in to your account. Android iOS…

New Shetland magnetometer

In collaboration with the Shetland Amenity Trust, and thanks to funding from Gradconsult, the AuroraWatch UK team are delighted to announce that we have installed a new magnetometer in Sumburgh, Shetland. This new magnetometer is located in the grounds of the Sumburgh Head lighthouse, making it the most northerly magnetometer in our network. Arguably, it…

Flares and CMEs galore!

As you will have seen on our Facebook page, several interesting solar developments have taken place recently and they may bring some awesome auroral displays in the coming days (hopefully!). In this blog post, we’ll run through exactly what’s happened and why we’re excited. Updates in red. M5 solar flare – 04 September 2017 A…