Aurora Borealis Alerts
Using data taken from our Aurora Forecast page, we can now send you a text message when the aurora level is predicted to reach level kp4+!
This service is available to every country in Europe (and most countries in the world). It is an international service, so you will get the SMS alerts wherever you are in the world. Our alerts are available to over 200 countries, and thousands of phone networks.
The service is intended for latitudes lower than Lapland/Iceland that don’t get auroras as often. So it will send out text alerts when geomagnetic activity reaches these levels:
kp4, kp5, kp6, kp7, kp8, kp9
As such, it is especially useful to people in Northern and Middle latitudes of Europe. If you live in the red area below, the aurora alert system will be useful to you. Obviously the further north you are, the more useful it will be. But even if you live at the bottom of the red zone, it does very occasionally reach Kp8/Kp9 levels a couple of times per decade. So if you don’t want to miss them, our alerts are ideal.
It is perfect for aurora watchers in the following countries:
- and many more.
How much does it cost?
You do not pay for a single text message!
All you pay is a small subscription fee (just €4.99 euros per month!) and you will start receiving your text messages as soon as the aurora is active (kp4 and up). We send you an unlimited amount of text messages which you receive totally free of charge. If the aurora is very active and we end up sending you 50 text messages, you do not pay for a single one of them.
There is no minimum subscription (you can cancel it at any time using the unsubscribe button below), there are no hidden charges and you are NOT charged for receiving texts from us. You pay 4.99 euros a month and that’s it, you get unlimited amount of text alerts until you cancel the service.
How does it work?
The Aurora data comes from a satellite in space which is constantly monitoring the solar wind. It intercepts and measures the solar wind typically around 1 hour before it reaches Earth, it then sends this data to earth in a high speed link. This data is transmitted to your mobile/cell phone automatically and more importantly, instantly. The same data we use to text you is used by many of the worlds top science institutions. It is the most reliable and accurate aurora prediction data available in the world today.
When the solar wind readings are strong, kp4 and above, we will send you an SMS alert, with the exact KP number predicted, eg KP4.33. If you are not sure what Kp numbers mean, read this page. Also, if it is predicted to be Kp4, but the solar wind is getting stronger and in 15 minutes it becomes kp5 strength, we will send you another alert telling you this, same if it goes up to kp6, kp7, kp8 and kp9. You will get an alert each time it rises.
The alert you receive looks like this:
Our alert service is running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Don’t forget, this website is run by aurora chasers who are monitoring magnetometers around the clock for our own aurora viewing. So even if the automatic prediction system fails, there are humans ready to take over and send texts manually based on magnetometer data. It’s only ever happened once, in October 2013, for whatever reason quite strong activity wasn’t being registered by Nasa/Noaa, every website using data from them was showing kp2, but in reality it was kp5+ but nobody knew, except for people who were staring at geomagnetic readings, which we were, so we immediately switched to manual system and sent alerts out based on those magnetometer readings. Many people got to see an aurora show that night because of that. We noticed at the same time practically every other aurora forecast websites (the top 5 in google!) were totally oblivious to this activity and thus never sent alerts out.
That is what sets us apart from other aurora alerts.
How to subscribe
Simply enter your mobile/cell phone number below and click subscribe. Don’t forget to include the country code:
If you live in Norway and your phone number is 12345678, then you need to add the country code in front, 47, Like so 4712345678.
If you live in a country where the phone numbers usually start with a 0, you need to remove the 0.
If you live in Finland and your mobile phone number is 0401234567, then you need to add the country code in front, 358, and remove the first 0. Like so: 358401234567.
If you live in UK and your mobile phone number is 07745123456, then you need to add the country code, 44, and remove the first 0, like so 447745123456.
We accept any currency, it does not matter if you are not using euro. Your currency, such as dollars, pounds, etc will be converted to euros automatically. If you would like to know how much €4.99 euros is in your currency, simply check it on this currency converter here.