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Aurorasaurus Real-Time Citizen Science Aurora Data

Kosar, Burcu C.; MacDonald, Elizabeth A.; Case, Nathan A.; Heavner, Matthew

Aurorasaurus citizen science data is a collection of auroral sightings submitted to the project via its website (aurorasaurus.org) or apps and mined from social media. It is a robust data set and particularly abundant during strong geomagnetic storms. This data is offered to the scientific community for research use through an open-access database in its raw and scientific formats for the 2015-2016 period, each of which is described in detail in the following technical report:

Kosar et al., (in preparation), Aurorasaurus database of real-time, crowd-sourced aurora data for space weather research, Earth and Space Science, 2018 (Corresponding author: bkosar@my.fit.edu)

For more information on the project, please contact the project leaders at aurorasaurus.info@gmail.com.

 

Research is funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) - 1344296 and NASA INSPIRE Track 1: Aurorasaurus - Citizen Scientists Experiencing Extremes of Space Weather We acknowledge STFC grant number ST/M001059/1 The Aurorasaurus website (aurorasaurus.org) is hosted by the New Mexico Consortium. Special permission for Twitter use has been obtained.
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