Credit: Aurorasaurus

A citizen science project asks you to keep an eye out for aurora – that complex dance of particles and magnetism between the Sun and Earth.

With the right tools, you can generally capture aurora in photographs. Your camera can even pick up very dim colors of the auroral spectrum that your eyes cannot see.

If you’re on the prowl to capture aurora, consider joining Aurorasaurus. Over the years, collaborations between scientists and interested members of the public — known as citizen scientists — have helped make thousands of important scientific discoveries.

Credit: National Science Foundation

Unique shapes

Aurora can display in many unique shapes, but Aurorasaurus puts them into three main groups:

— discrete arcs

— diffuse glows

— pulsating patches

With the right tools, you can generally capture aurora in photographs. Your camera can even pick up very dim colors of the auroral spectrum that your eyes cannot see.

Public-private partnership

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.

Check it out at:

https://www.aurorasaurus.org/

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