Guest blog post. Dr. Minna Palmroth is Professor of Computational Space Physics and the Director of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space at the University of Helsinki, Finland. On June 15, 2020, Dr. Palmroth gave a presentation to the Aurorasaurus Ambassadors about the discovery of dune aurora, viewable on our YouTube[…]
In the early morning hours of July 13, a slow-moving coronal mass ejection from the Sun arrived early on its journey to Earth. That afternoon, word spread across social media in Europe, Canada, and the US: there might be aurora tonight. No one knew, however, whether it would last long enough for this part of Earth[…]
Over the past decade, Aurorasaurus has grown from a persistent idea in the mind of Dr. Liz MacDonald to a worldwide initiative that has contributed research and discoveries to aurora science. At its heart, Aurorasaurus is a community effort, only possible through the contributions of thousands of citizen scientists, scientific experts, team members and volunteers.[…]
On Monday, June 22, 2015 a number of coronal mass ejection (CME) events impacted Earth and, our plots of solar wind power showed a very high likelihood for strong aurora activity on Monday evening and Tuesday morning– and citizen scientists caught all the action!
On Friday, two separate CME events were detected and projected to reach the Earth at some point later in the weekend. Be on the lookout tonight for a possibility of strong aurora activity Monday evening/Tuesday morning (June 22nd and 23rd)!
By Nathan Case and Kasha Patel On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, as people adorned themselves with green clothing and infused their livers with green beer, Earth was experiencing the biggest geomagnetic storm of the last decade—leading to beautiful, widespread aurora around world. The red, white and green St. Patrick’s Day aurora was created through a[…]
By Meghan Mella In Swedish there is a phrase “himla bra” that basically means “awesomely good.” The word himla literally translates to sky or heaven, and I have to think this phrase came about from Swedes staring at the sky, admiring the goodness of the northern lights. I have been waiting and occasionally watching for[…]
By Nathan Case Ongoing, right now, is a large geomagnetic storm. The storm has had a constant G2-G4 rating, Kp levels are in the6-8 range and the solar wind power has been in the 3000GW + range for over 24 hours. All of this means, it’s a great time for aurora hunting! This level of[…]