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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.

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Geographic Scope: International

Project Status: Active - recruiting volunteers

Participation Tasks: Geolocation, Identification, Observation, Photography,

Start Date: 2014

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Fields of Science: Astronomy and space, Climate and weather, Nature and outdoors, Physics, Computers and technology

Intended Outcomes: Research development, Civic and community, Individual learning,