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The map shows an aurora storm on March 6, 2016. Citizen scientists reported seeing aurora in the midlands of England, the north coast of the Netherlands, and areas in the United States such as Maine, New York, Minnesota and North Dakota. The green, yellow and red areas show the current oval estimate. Green plus signs mean positive sightings. Blue Twitter icons mean verified tweets.

The map shows an aurora storm on March 6, 2016. Citizen scientists reported seeing aurora in the midlands of England, the north coast of the Netherlands, and areas in the United States such as Maine, New York, Minnesota and North Dakota. The green, yellow and red areas show the current oval estimate. Green plus signs mean positive sightings. Blue Twitter icons mean verified tweets.

Aurorasaurus is the first and only citizen science initiative that tracks auroras around the world via reports on our website, mobile apps, and social media. All aurora-related tweets and reports are placed on the Aurorasaurus.org map. We then ask people to log in and verify the tweets or reports. Each verified report serves as a valuable data point for scientists to analyze and incorporate into space weather models. 

Over the last decade, citizen scientists have helped us establish that:

In addition, our project collaborated with citizen scientists from the Alberta Aurora Chasers and other scientists on the discovery, analysis, and publication of the subauroral phenomenon STEVE. 

Who We Are

From top to bottom, left to right: Dr. Liz MacDonald, Laura Brandt, Hannahbella Nel, Dr. Michael Hunnekuhl, Asher Pembroke, Hugo Sanchez, Valerie Svaldi, and Chris Ratzlaff. Photo credits: Aurorasaurus, Hannahbella Nel, and Hugo Sanchez.

From top to bottom, left to right: Dr. Liz MacDonald, Laura Brandt, Hannahbella Nel, Dr. Michael Hunnekuhl, Asher Pembroke, Hugo Sanchez, Valerie Svaldi, and Chris Ratzlaff. Photo credits: Aurorasaurus, Hannahbella Nel, and Hugo Sanchez.

The Aurorasaurus Team: Dr. Liz MacDonald, Founder; Dr. Matt Heavner, NMC Lead; Laura Brandt, Project Manager; Dr. Asher Pembroke, Software Developer

We’re hiring a postdoc! Click here to find out more!

Aurorasaurus Ambassadors: Jason Ahrns, Notanee Bourassa, Dr. Trey Cade, Dr. Nathan Case, Dr. Yaireska Collado-Vega, Dr. Mike Cook, Aaluk Edwardson, Dr. Don Hampton, Dr. Matt Heavner, Tracy Holland, Sara Housseal, Tony Iampietro, Dr. Allison Jaynes, Dr. Burcu Kosar, Jeremy Kuzub, Donna Lach, Vincent Ledvina, Dr. Michael Liehmon, Caleigh MacPherson, Hannahbella Nel, Dr. Laura Peticolas, Dr. Craig Pollock, Lynn Powers, Chris Ratzlaff, Dr. Patricia Reiff, Rach Rolland, Dr. Joe Shaw, Dr. Kristine Sigsbee, Dr. Andrea Wiggins, Amanda Young

Ambassadors are volunteers who help share Aurorasaurus with their local communities and communities of interest. Join us and help make new discoveries! Please get in touch with us at aurorasaurus.info@gmail.com if you are interested.

Find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blog

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With Gratitude

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The Aurorasaurus team in 2015

Aurorasaurus is a research project that is a public-private partnership with the New Mexico Consortium supported by the National Science Foundation and NASA (NSSEC), and was designed by researchers from the New Mexico Consortium, NASA, Penn State University,  Science Education Solutions, and Ideum. Space physics real-time data are provided by the Space Weather Prediction Center at NOAA., Thanks to Twitter for providing relevant tweets from their search API.

We are grateful to past collaborators, including: Yan Cao, Dr. Nathan Case, Dr. Molly Cernicek, Dr. Jessica Clayton, Dr. Romeo Durscher, Dr. Sean Goggins, Dr. Michelle Hall, Dr. Matthew Heavner, Dr. Josef Koller, Nick LaLone, Michael Mayhew, Kasha Patel, Dr. Laura Peticolas, Reid Priedhorsky, Dr. Andrea Tapia, Niels van Hecke, and Dr. Andrea Wiggins.

 

 

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