Never miss another aurora!
We now offer an SMS alert service for instant notifications of incoming auroras.
How does it work?
Auroras appear because the solar wind is impacting with earth’s atmosphere. So if we know how the solar wind is behaving, we can predict how the auroras will behave to some extent also. Because we get live data on the solar wind from satellites in orbit, which we use on our aurora forecast, we can also use the same data to send you an SMS alert when the solar wind reaches a certain level. This level is known as the Kp level, which is a scale of 1 to 9 of aurora strength (it’s actually a lot more scientific than that, but that’s the essence of it).
We have set the alert level to Kp 4, which is usually the minimum level it has to be for auroras to start appearing in the northern states of USA and the southern parts of Canada. Obviously Alaskan’s get auroras at lower Kp numbers because they are so far north.
So when the satellite figures the solar wind is at (or exceeds) Kp4 strength, our system will automatically send you an SMS telling you exactly what the Kp level is predicted to be, and in how many minutes it will arrive. On average, it is around 30 minutes warning time (which can mean the difference of seeing an awesome light show, or missing it altogether).
Where does it work?
- Anywhere in continental North America there is cell phone coverage.
- If you are in US/CAN temporary and have an international cell phone number, our service will work with your international cell phone number, provided you are on a US/CAN network provider.
How much does it cost?
Just $7 a month subscription fee, for an unlimited amount of free alerts!
Yes that’s right, we send you the SMS messages for free. Whether we send you 10 messages or 10,000 messages all you pay is the 7 bucks per month subscription fee. You DO NOT get charged for receiving SMS messages from us (unless your network provider charges you to receive SMS, in which case, change network provider!).
You can subscribe to our alerts for as long as you like, whether just 1 month or indefinite amount of months. You can cancel it at any time using the unsubscribe button below.