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Aurorasaurus Real-Time Citizen Science Aurora Data

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

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  <dc:creator>Kosar, Burcu C.</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>MacDonald, Elizabeth A.</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Case, Nathan A.</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Heavner, Matthew</dc:creator>
  <dc:description>Aurorasaurus citizen science data is a collection of auroral sightings submitted to the project via its website ( 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, B. C., MacDonald, E. A., Case, N. A., &amp; Heavner, M. (2018). Aurorasaurus Database of Real‐Time, Crowd‐Sourced Aurora Data for Space Weather Research. Earth and Space Science, 5(12), 970-980.

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  <dc:description>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 ( is hosted by the New Mexico Consortium.
Special permission for Twitter use has been obtained.</dc:description>
  <dc:subject>citizen science</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>space weather</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>northern lights</dc:subject>
  <dc:title>Aurorasaurus Real-Time Citizen Science Aurora Data</dc:title>
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