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Watch the aurora, live!

Math and Science, Outdoors

Back in 2008, I had an article here about live web-cams that were pointed at the aurora.  I’ve been noticing hits on the old page (the web never forgets!) and given that is a subject that interests me a lot, I thought I’d make a new article.

In the 6 years since I posted the original article, there has been growth in the number of aurora-pointed web cams.  Today, you can watch the aurora from various places in Europe and Canada.  The southern aurora doesn’t really have a camera, presumably because it’s rare in New Zealand, and bringing internet to Antarctica is likely too expensive to waste on such a camera.

In any case, here are some links for looking at northern lights:

  • The Canadian Space Agency operates a camera in Yellowknife, NT.  Being a government page, it is also available in French.
  • Service Aurora is a site in Europe that combines cameras from Scandinavia plus the Canadian camera, and some information that may be of use to radio amateurs.
  • Aurora Spy is a UK site that aggregates a number of cameras.

All three of these seem to be right up to date.

So if you live in an area that’s too temperate/tropical to see an aurora, there are plenty of online opportunities!  Enjoy!

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