Category Archives: Space Weather


Last week Nathan helped run a tweet-chat about the aurora. Organised by Aurorasaurs (@TweetAurora), members of the public were able to ask questions about the aurora, citizen science and the Aurorasaurus project. Nathan answered questions ranging from “where can I see the aurora?” to “will climate change affect the aurora?”.


You can read more by searching for #aurorachat on Twitter (or clicking by viewing the Storify article here).

Why Were There Not More Widespread Auroras This Past Week?

If you’ve been looking at the news recently, you may have read about a supersized sunspot which is still just about visible on the solar surface. The sunspot, named AR2192, is so huge that it was visible to the “naked eye” during the partial solar eclipse last week. (Please remember to never look directly at the Sun!) It is estimated to be around 14 times the size of the Earth – which makes it the largest sunspot since 1990.

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