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…

Changing the Perspective: Looking at the Aurora from Space

In this inaugural blog post by Dr. Maria-Theresia Walach, a Senior Research Associate in Lancaster’s Space and Planetary Physics group, we learn about how scientists study the aurora from space – including the recently revived IMAGE spacecraft. When we go aurora hunting, we need to be in the right place, at the right time and…

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…