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“What if North Dakota had its own aurora camera?” 

Meet the North Dakota Dual Aurora Cameras (NoDDAC)! This project is led by university student and Aurorasaurus Ambassador Vincent Ledvina in collaboration with Aurorasaurus, the University of North Dakota (UND), and LiveAuroraNetwork. Using both a north-facing and an allsky camera, NoDDAC provides aurora chasers with live views of the night sky from North Dakota. During[…]

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Eyes on the Aurora, Part 3: Exploring Over a Thousand Nights of Aurora on Your Phone

Guest post by Jeremy Kuzub Attending AGU 20? Jeremy will be presenting Keogramist as a poster in The MacGyver Session: The Place for Novel, Exciting, Self-Made, Hacked, or Improved Sensors and Software Solutions to Understand Space Weather eLightning on December 15, 2020 at 6:00 AKT/7:00 PT/8:00 MT/9:00 CT/10:00 ET/15:00 UTC. There will be a Q&A element, so bring any questions[…]

A diagram shows the sun and the Earth's magnetic field with three axes: Bx, By, and Bz.

Laura Learns Aurora: The Buzz on Bz

Laura here! I am an aurora enthusiast, but new to the science side. Fortunately, the Aurorasaurus blog and website are full of great resources that I’ll be sharing out as I cultivate my knowledge.  This week: what is Bz (pronounced “bee-zee”)? It sounds complicated but this post by former intern Sean McCloat makes it clearer.[…]

Over an outlined map of North America are superimposed multiple all-sky image animations, showing the cameras' coverage across the continent under the auroral oval

Eyes on the Aurora Part 1: What is an All-Sky Camera?

Guest post by Aurorasaurus Ambassador Jeremy Kuzub This article is the first of three about how researchers and citizen scientists record and explore years of auroral activity using all-sky cameras, keograms, and software visualizations. What if you could stand under the aurora-filled night sky and watch everything from horizon to horizon, all night, every night,[…]

Calling Out and Calling In

A message from our founder, Dr. Liz MacDonald On June 10, 2020, there was an organized event to shut down STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in support of Black Lives Matter. Aurorasaurus participated with a day of reflective practice alongside members of our community and the scientific community (agenda pasted below). We stand firmly[…]

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Notes from HamSci 2020: The Auroral Connection

This year’s Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) Workshop 2020 took place online, over Zoom and YouTube Live. In this post, we’ll bring you details for how to watch the recorded presentations, summarize Aurorasaurus’ contributions to the presentation lineup, and share lessons learned for getting a conference online with a short turnaround.


First Full Mapping of Near-Earth Plasma Transport Achieved, Thanks to the Van Allen Probes

Maps are developed to best describe what surrounds us. That is true on the ground, and it is also true in space. To detail traffic in space, we must know both the magnetic field and the electric field: how strong are they? In what direction are they pointing? But unlike the magnetic field, the electric field is very difficult to measure, especially close to Earth! Using data from the Van Allen Probe satellites, we managed to make the first ever comprehensive observations of plasma transport due to the electric field close to Earth. This is a technical feat that allows us to test our 50 year old theories, at last!


AGU Fall Meeting: Comic Con for Space and Earth Scientists

The world’s largest annual gathering of space and Earth scientists just occurred. What? That wasn’t on your calendar? Really? Well okay then, lucky for you, some of the Aurorasaurus team members attended! Here’s a quick recap some of the latest space weather news unleashed at this Comic Con for space and Earth scientists. (Spoiler alert:[…]