The aurora is out, now how do I see it?

AuroraWatch UK constantly strives to send out accurate alerts of when the aurora might be visible from the UK, and we let you know from where you might be able to see it too. So picture the scene: we’ve just issued an amber alert. That means that it could be possible to see the aurora from Scotland, northern…

Coronal hole drives recent aurora

This is the first blog post from Dan Billett, a Ph.D. student in Lancaster’s Space and Planetary Physics group. Dan has just joined the AuroraWatch UK team and is interested in public outreach so you will, no doubt, be hearing more from him in the future! — Nathan. On Monday 5th September, NOAA’s Space Weather…

Round up of UK aurora 01-02 Sept

In this first, of what will hopefully be a regular occurence, we are going to “round up” the auroral activity witnessed from the UK last night (01-02 Sept). Below, we’ve collected some info on the auroral display, such as what caused it and where it was seen from. Enjoy! AuroraWatch UK alert status Through the…

Red alert cancelled

Red alert cancelled. Red alert: aurora likely. Issued 2016-08-23 13:25 UTC (14:25 BST) by AuroraWatch UK using SAMNET LAN2 data from Lancaster, UK. AuroraWatch UK issued a red alert at 14:25 (BST) today based on magnetic field data from the LAN2 (Lancaster) magnetometer. Unfortunately, the readings were spurious and not related to geomagnetic activity. It,…

New-look website

The AuroraWatch UK team are happy to announce that our updated website is now live! We have made many changes, some small and some major, some visual and some hidden behind the scenes. We hope all of these changes will produce a more reliable alerts system with better accessibility for all users and devices. One…

How to ensure you always see our Facebook posts

A few of our followers have reported that they don’t always see our Facebook posts very promptly (in fact, sometimes they may appear a day late!). So here’s how to ensure you never miss one of our Facebook posts. Updated: 08/03/2017 – new layout introduced Go to the AuroraWatch UK Facebook page in a web…

Moving from Lancaster to Aberdeen

Following on from that missed event, we have been working on a few changes to our alert system to hopefully improve our alert level accuracy. Whilst some of those changes are still being worked on and tested, today we made the switch to using data from our Aberdeen (Crooktree) magnetometer, rather than our Lancaster magnetometer,…

AuroraWatch UK gets a camera!

At AuroraWatch UK we’ve always enjoyed looking at your photos of the aurora but, up until now, we’ve never captured any of our own. Today, however, we have some exciting news to share: AuroraWatch UK is getting its own aurora camera! Thanks to funding from Lancaster University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, the AWUK team…

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Did I photograph the aurora or was it something else?

One of the most frequent questions we receive on Facebook is: is this a photo of the aurora? So in this blog post, we’re going to list a few questions that you should ask yourself to help determine if you’ve snapped a photo of the aurora. Q1: What does AuroraWatch UK say? Although not perfect,…

We got it wrong last night and here’s why

As followers of AuroraWatch UK will undoubtedly be aware, last night was a pretty good night for seeing the aurora from across the UK. As shown in Figure 1, enhanced solar wind speeds, reaching 600 km/s at their peak, were recorded and were the result of a coronal hole high speed stream (you may see…