Hunting Auroras

Hunting Auroras

A set of forecasting tools

Views of Sun & Earth

Sunspots

Sunspots, updated daily Updated daily.

Sunspots frequencies and the solar cycle determine the quantity of Aurora seen on earth. If there are large sunspots (dark areas) visible, there is a high chance of Aurora being seen.

Aurora Oval (Northern/Borealis)

Aurora oval Updated hourly.

The Aurora Oval map is regenerated every hour and gives a sign of where Aurora is visible at any given time. The brightness of the green color shows the approximate strength of the Aurora in real time. If you see a thick aurora band with some areas of light yellow, orange or, better yet, RED on this map, then get ready for a very strong Aurora display!

Cloud coverage over Iceland

Kindly provided by Belgingur.is [in Icelandic].

Unfortunately it doesn’t matter much how strong the Aurora is if it’s fully overcast with clouds where you are trying to see them. A good trick to find Aurora is to follow cloudcover predictions closely and look for openings in the clouds and head to those locations for the best view.