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…

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…

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…

AuroraCam update

As we blogged about back in March last year, AuroraWatch UK received funding to build an all-sky camera. Today, we have some news to share with you about it! For the past couple of weeks, we have been running a dedicated AuroraWatch UK camera from the roof of our home: the Department of Physics at…

Lancaster University Community Day… see you there!

If you’re interested in the aurora or anything space related, we might just have the event for you! Lancaster University are holding a Community Day on Saturday 6th May. It will be a day full of exhibitions, mini talks, hands-on activities, food and drink, and live music and performance – all held within the University’s…

New! Aurora Map.

The AuroraWatch UK team are happy to announce the release of our new Aurora Map. The map has been designed to provide lots of useful aurora information in an easy to understand way. Through both real-time and historical data, we hope it will help you track down the majestic aurora on your next aurora hunting…

Ovation Aurora Forecast

The Ovation forecast layer appears on many aurora-related websites, including our own Aurora Map page. It’s a convenient way of graphically showing where an aurora might be seen, but we know it can cause some confusion about what is being shown and intrigue in how it is calculated. So let’s have a look at what…