Aurora Forecast

Hourly Forecast

Using real-time solar wind data from Nasa’s ACE spacecraft, matched with data obtained from a network of magnetometers located worldwide, we are able to forecast, with reasonable accuracy, how the Northern Lights will behave up to one hour in advance. The image shows estimated aurora activity now.

Image should be used as a guide only, it is based on predicted geomagnetic activity. Northern Lights may or may not be visible.

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Right now, the aurora is predicted to be: Kp 3.33

In 0 hour and 13 minutes, the aurora is predicted to be kp 3.67
In 0 hour and 28 minutes, the aurora is predicted to be kp 3.67
In 0 hour and 43 minutes, the aurora is predicted to be kp 3.67

What do Kp numbers mean?

System status: aurora forecast status All Good.


3 Day Forecast
Courtesy of NOAA.

Predicted kp numbers for the next 3 days:
Time now in UTC (Universal Time) is: 11:31 09/12/16

Dec 09 Dec 10 Dec 11
00-03UT 5 (G1) 3 4
03-06UT 4 3 3
06-09UT 3 3 3
09-12UT 3 3 3
12-15UT 3 3 2
15-18UT 3 3 2
18-21UT 4 4 3
21-00UT 4 4 3

Why do we use UTC?
UTC (Universal Time) is used in science, weather, aviation, military and many other fields. It eliminates confusion with multiple time zones and daylight saving. For more information on UTC click here


aurora borealis forecast

Solar Wind Gauges

These gauges are our own system, they are updated every 60 seconds directly from Nasa’s ACE spacecraft data. The data you see here is what the ACE spacecraft monitored only moments ago. These 3 components are the most important components of the solar wind (when it comes to Aurora Borealis). Note the Bz gauge works backwards. You can view all the components of the solar wind on our other solar wind tool here.

Gauges are updated every minute live (without the need for page refresh).

How to interpret the gauge activity
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aurora prediction map

Aurora Ovation Oval
(short term prediction)

Real-time aurora forecasting tool
Real time solar wind tool

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CME Forecast
NOAA CME Prediction Forecast

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CME Forecast
NASA CME Prediction Forecast

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The ACE spacecraft has been superseded by DSCOVR (data below).
ACE is still operational however, so now we have two sources of solar wind data.

Data from DSCOVR: Deep Space Climate Observatory – courtesy of SWPC.




real-time northern lights forecastACE Real Time Solar Wind MAG & SWEPAM data

real-time northern lights forecastACE Real Time Solar Wind EPAM (Low Energy Electrons & Protons) data

geomagnetic forecastMagnetometer stackplot


What Kp strength do you need to view Northern Lights where you are?

Northern lights Europe Map

The Northern Lights are most often seen in the Lapland regions of Finland, Sweden and Norway along with Iceland and Greenland. But during high activity, auroras are often visible from much lower latitudes, often including Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Estonia and more. This table allows you to see what Kp level is typically required see aurora borealis where you are in the event of high geomagnetic activity.

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