Welcome to the Space Weather Section of the RASNZ

 

This is a group of people interested in not only the Aurora Australis or the Sun, but also the effects the Sun has on the different layers of our atmosphere.

With modern technology opening up avenues the way it has, the solar and aurora reporting to the old Solar and Aurora Section has ceased, instead regular solar observations will be made by Howard Barnes of the Georgi Dobrvolski Solar Observatory in Burwod, Auckland and published on the sections Facebook page via myself on a monthly basis. While Monty Leventhal from Australia, with assistance from the Donovan Astronomical Trust, will share his solar observations on the sections Facebook page via myself, on a daily basis (weather dependant.)

To go to the Space Weather Section Facebook page please click here --> Space Weather Section

 

Space Weather Monitoring

Aurora prediction and Space Weather monitoring has come a long way, below are a number of links to websites where you can find upto date live information in regards to auroral activity.

We rely a lot on international information here in New Zealand, but that is changing! The first link below is to a Dunedin based magnetometer setup. This setup will hopefully become the starting point of a New Zealand based Space Weather Prediction Centre.

Dunedin Aurora

Aurora Australis Forecast

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center

Shetland Cliff Cam 3

The last link is to a live webcam setup on the Shetland cliff tops where the Aurora Borealis can quite often be viewed.

 

Aurora Observations

Auroral Observations can still be reported, but not in the manner that they use to be reported. Instead the link at the bottom of this description will take you to the Aurora Australis New Zealand - CURRENT ALERTS page. This page has been setup to publish alert its members of aurora sightings. 

PLEASE NOTE THE RULES OF THE CURRENT ALERT PAGE :- Only visual alerts can be published to the page, it's not there to start a conversation about auroras, simply to alert its 7000+ followers!

If you want to start a conversation about auroras, there is a sister page titled Aurra Australis with 14000+ follwers you can go to --> Aurora Australis

These 2 Facebook pages are in no way officially connected to the Space Weather Section, other than I (Damien McNamara,) am an admin of both pages.

When posting to the CURRENT ALERTS page, where possible a photograph of your sighting, a simle cellphone picture taken off the back of your camera will do fine. Also include your location, weather conditions, say whether it is visible to the naked eye and give a basic description of what you see e.g. a glow, picket fence, beams, etc.

To report an Aurora please click here --> Aurora Australis New Zealand - CURRENT ALERTS

 

Solar Observations

NOTE: THE SUN SHOULD NEVER BE LOOKED AT DIRECTLY. IF YOU DO YOU WILL MOSTLY LIKELY SUFFER PERMANENT EYE DAMAGE. TO OBSERVE SUNSPOTS, EITHER PROJECT THE SUN'S IMAGE ONTO A WHITE CARD OR, FIT A PROPER SOLAR FILTER OVER THE FRONT OF THE TELESCOPE.

Solar observations as mention above, will be posted to the sections Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.

To go to the Space Weather Section Facebook page please click here --> Space Weather Section

 

Any questions about the Space Weather Section please feel free to contact the Director; Damien McNamara.

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