The Northern Lights are a sight to behold, but they’re surprisingly tough to catch. Luckily, we’ve got many solar flares to look forward to in the future! Since we have time to spare, however, why not prepare by getting a better camera or checking out Aurora Watch – a forecast service by the University of Alberta.
Co-created by Dr. Andy Kale, a physics researcher with the faculty of science, this handy resource features everything from graphs and photos to predictions, DIY projects and also allows you to sign up for one of two different alerts that will inform you when Earth’s nearest star is acting up.
To join over 80,000 other people in signing up for these alerts, all you have to do is visit the site here and select either ‘Red Alerts,’ which are issued when there’s more than a 70% chance an Aurora is up and coming, or ‘Yellow and Red Alerts,’ which will be sent out when there’s even a 50% probability that a geomagnetic storm is a-comin’.
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They’re also constantly updating their Twitter, so if you tend to look at your social media more often than your emails, you can follow them and sign up for notifications here!
Honestly, we couldn’t recommend doing so more – especially if you consider yourself to be a junior astronomer.
The Northern Lights are just too cool to miss – as we’re sure you’ve seen over the last few weeks.
Have fun and enjoy! Hopefully, it won’t be long until the Northern Lights illuminate the sky again – because we’ll be waiting!