|Presented By||New Mexico Consortium|
|Goal||Help build accurate predictions of visible aurora activities.|
|Task||Report on whether you can or cannot see the aurora.|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
Aurorasaurus is the first citizen science project that aggregates relatively rare sightings of the Northern and Southern Lights in order to improve real-time tracking and understanding of the beautiful phenomenon. The Aurorasaurus project allows the public to enter their observations of aurora through their website, as well as on a mobile application platform, in order to better characterize their frequency, location, and rare visual characteristics. We also collect related tweets, map them, and ask users to help verify these as real-time sightings. During periods of high aurora activity, Aurorasaurus sees a significant uptick in public reporting of the phenomenon, allowing the project to ground truth the data being collected by other instruments, and alert registered users in real-time. Informal educational resources are offered as well.
|How to Join||
Report on whether you can or cannot see the Northern or Southern Lights in your location. Every report helps! We will be adding more features soon including the ability to log in and receive notifications.
Check out our Apple and Android apps too, just go to aurorasaurus.org from your mobile device to download!
|Project Timing||It must be dark and clear skies where you are. Beyond that, the aurora must be active at your location. Sign up for alerts of when the activity may reach your location.|
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Ideal Frequency||Just once|
|Average Time||Less than an hour|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||At night, At home|
|Tags||aurora, aurora borealis, cme, ground truthing, mobile application, natural phenomena, northern lights, space weather|
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