Welcome to Aurora Service (North America)!
We are a Northern Lights information, news and forecast service for USA and Canada. We are run entirely by volunteers who monitor solar activity, the solar wind and Earth’s magnetic field and we put all the information down here in an easy to read format, enabling you to see when the northern lights might be in your area next.
We are aurora watchers ourselves and our goal is to provide other people with the information they need in order to see the wonderful aurora borealis. One of the key goals of the website is to make the data digestable, espcially for newcomers to the northern lights scene. So even if you have no idea what CME, CH HSS or KP mean, you can still get a good idea of aurora activity.
If you never want to miss an aurora show again, sign up to our aurora alerts and we will send you a text message when auroras are likely. Otherwise, you can monitor the northern lights activity yourself using our aurora forecast page, where we get real time data from some of the worlds top space weather institutions.
If you are new to aurora watching, the information, graphs and numbers might be quite baffling to you, but don’t worry, it is really quite simple. The most important thing is the kp number. A scale from 1 to 9 of geomagnetic strength. Using this number you can see what level is needed to view aurora from where you are:
- G2 + G1 geomagnetic storms expected from 9 Jan
G2 + G1 geomagnetic storms expected from 9 Jan
There was a huge X1.2 flare in the centre of the solar disc Jan 7. It produced a CME which although is not a direct hit, it should deliver quite a strong blow when it arrives at Earth Jan 9.
Initial analysis suggests a G2 (kp6) geomagnetic storm on it’s arrival, subsiding to a G1(kp5) geomagnetic storm shortly afterwards and remaining a G1 for a good duration.
It looks strong this, there are rumours it could reach G3 (kp7). We won’t know for sure until it arrives.