About Us

The Aurorasaurus team checking out space weather at NASA's Community Coordinated Modeling Center (June 2014).

Aurorasaurus is a research project supported by the National Science Foundation and designed by researchers from the New Mexico Consortium, NASA, Penn. State University, and Science Education Solutions. We are professional space scientists, computer scientists, educators, and volunteers.

The Aurorasaurus Team

We are grateful for the support of our advisory board: Drs. Molly Cernicek, Romeo Durscher, Sean Goggins, Josef Koller, Laura Peticolas, and Andrea Wiggins.

We are grateful for our space scientist volunteers in the Aurorasaurus Scientist Network: Jason Ahrns, Ian Cohen, Gareth Dorrian, Don Hampton, Allison Jaynes, Mike Liemohn, Meghan Mella, Laura Peticolas, Pat Reiff, Joseph Shaw, and Emma Spanswick. We are looking for more citizen and scientist volunteers -- please get in touch with us at aurorasaurus.info@gmail.com to volunteer.

Software and App Development provided by Ideum

This work is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant AGS-1344296. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF. We also gratefully acknowledge current and past funding support from NASA, Los Alamos National Lab’s LDRD and IGPP programs, and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). We are grateful to past collaborators, Reid Priedhorsky, Yan Cao, Niels van Hecke, and Michael Mayhew.

Space physics real-time data are provided by the Space Weather Prediction Center at NOAA, in particular the Wing-Kp Predicted Geomagnetic Activity Index (Wing et al., 2005, J. Geophys. Res) and ACE real-time solar wind data. Prof. Dirk Lummerzheim at the UAF Geophysical Institute provided code for the auroral oval prediction using Kp. Thanks to Twitter for providing relevant tweets from their search API.

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Your help finding real observations on Twitter when activity is high will help Aurorasaurus generate accurate nowcast predictions

  • Select YES if the tweet is a real sighting from a person who has just seen aurora AND if the location appears correct
  • Select NO if it is a retweet, clearly has the wrong location, does not refer to a recent sighting, or is a tweet aboutsomething unrelated to the northern lights
  • If you aren’t sure, click NO, but if you are reasonably sure, please click YES
  • Note, tweets may be unsuitable for some users, please use at your own discretion
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