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Aurora Forecast 3D

The Aurora Forecast 3D is a tool to track down where the aurora is located in the sky from any location on planet

The Aurora Forecast 3D is a tool to track down where the aurora is located in the sky from any location on planet

Aurora Forecast 3D

by University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
Aurora Forecast 3D
Aurora Forecast 3D
Aurora Forecast 3D

What is it about?

The Aurora Forecast 3D is a tool to track down where the aurora is located in the sky from any location on planet. It renders Earth in 3D with rotation and scaling at your fingertips. You can select locations and make your own ground - station list. The Sun illuminates the globe as it updates in near real-time (1 second epochs). The short term forecasts are up to +6 hours, while the long term forecasts are up to 3 days ahead in time. They are updated when the app is active and connected to internet.

Aurora Forecast 3D

App Details

Version
5.1.0
Rating
NA
Size
56Mb
Genre
Weather Education
Last updated
December 28, 2018
Release date
August 9, 2017
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App Store Description

The Aurora Forecast 3D is a tool to track down where the aurora is located in the sky from any location on planet. It renders Earth in 3D with rotation and scaling at your fingertips. You can select locations and make your own ground - station list. The Sun illuminates the globe as it updates in near real-time (1 second epochs). The short term forecasts are up to +6 hours, while the long term forecasts are up to 3 days ahead in time. They are updated when the app is active and connected to internet.

An Aurora Compass is included that shows where the auroral oval, the Moon and the Sun are located as you look up at the sky from your location. The phase and age of the Moon is also visualized in the compass. By zooming out in the 3D view port, satellites, stars and planets appear in their orbits around the Sun.

FEATURES
- 3D view port of Earth with zoom and rotation enabled.
- Solar illumination of the Earth and the Moon.
- Aurora oval size and location in real time [1,2].
- Day side location of the red colored Cusp.
- Forecasts based on predicted Kp index +0, +3 and +6 hours ahead in time estimated by the Space Weather Prediction Centre (NOAA-SWPC).
- Color scaled Kp speedometer.
- Aurora Compass sky view display.
- Editable station / location list
- Go to animation.
- Right Ascension (RA) and Declination (DEC) of the Moon, Sun and 8 planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto [3]
- Age of the Moon including the phase.
- Includes a 2.4 million star map [4].
- City light texture [5].
- Earth, Sun and Moon textures [6,7].
- Sky view module to track planets and stars [8].
- Geomagnetic storm alert messages.
- 3-day space weather condition forecast as news ticker.
- 3-day long term Kp index summary
- Two-Line Element (TLE) satellite orbit calculations [9].
- Apparent Solar Time (AST) as analog clock.
- Skyview navigation.

References
[1] Sigernes F., M. Dyrland, P. Brekke, S. Chernouss, D.A. Lorentzen, K. Oksavik, and C.S. Deehr, Two methods to forecast auroral displays, Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC), Vol. 1, No. 1, A03, DOI:10.1051/swsc/2011003, 2011.

[2] Starkov G. V., Mathematical model of the auroral boundaries, Geomagnetism and Aeronomy, 34 (3), 331-336, 1994.

[3] P. Schlyter, How to compute planetary positions, http://stjarnhimlen.se/, Stockholm, Sweden.

[4] Bridgman, T. and Wright, E., The Tycho Catalog Sky map- Version 2.0, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/3572, January 26, 2009.

[5] The Visible Earth catalog, http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, April-October, 2012.

[6] T. Patterson, Natural Earth III - Texture Maps, http://www.shadedrelief.com, October 1, 2016.

[7] Nexus - Planet Textures, http://www.solarsystemscope.com/nexus/, January 4, 2013.

[8] Hoffleit, D. and Warren, Jr., W.H., The Bright Star Catalog, 5th Revised Edition (Preliminary Version), Astronomical Data Center, NSSDC/ADC, 1991.

[9] Vallado, David A., Paul Crawford, Richard Hujsak, and T.S. Kelso, Revisiting Spacetrack Report #3, AIAA/AAS-2006-6753, https://celestrak.com, 2006.

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