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…

A disappointing night

We had such high hopes. Predictions were good, the best we’d seen for a while, and the early stats were promising but the aurora fizzled out before we had a chance to see it. Our long summer evenings played a small part here. With so few hours of darkness, catching a sighting of the aurora…

The “golden aurora”

The aurora can come in many different colours. From stunning greens to deep reds and velvety purples, the aurora never fails to amaze. But have you ever seen a golden aurora? In the photo above, captured by Andy Stables on 16th March 2016 from the Isle of Skye (Scotland), there’s a wonderful golden band of…

New AuroraWatch UK Magnetometer

Thanks to generous funding from GradConsult, an SME specialising in graduate employment, the AuroraWatch UK team are pleased to announce that a new magnetometer will soon be added to our aurora alert network. As part of their newly-founded microgrant scheme, Gradconsult have provided funding for us to build a new Raspberry Pi based magnetometer and…

The Vivid Lights: What Causes the Colour of the Aurora?

Traditionally, Earth’s aurora are well known for appearing as a bright green glow across the night sky. Whilst green is the most common colour we see, it’s certainly not the only one! In this article, we talk about the different colours you might be able to catch if you see the aurora, as well as…

Citizen scientists discover new type of aurora

The aurora Steve. Rémi Farvacque‎/Alberta Aurora Chasers (facebook) Nathan Case, Lancaster University A collaboration between aurora-hunting citizen scientists and a team of professional researchers has resulted in the discovery of a completely new type of aurora. The finding was made possible thanks to photos taken by aurora enthusiasts from across the globe which scientists could…