Scientists are not ubiquitous, what more would they want?
Therefore, in areas such as meteorologistsometimes require the citizen aid to be able to cover several events at the same time. For example, in some countries the initiative has already been taken to encourage people to track tornadoes and notify the authorities when one of them begins to form.
This is also the basis for a new project of the POT, which aims to better understand the operation of auroras through the collaboration of those intrepid citizens who are willing to lend a hand, reporting of the formation of these events near your place of residence.
What does a Northern Lights consist of?
Broadly speaking, an aurora occurs when the electrical particles present in the solar winds collide with the atmosphere. At this time, these particles lose a electron, turning into positive ions. However, there comes a time when they are able to recover the lost electron, through a process whose result is light emission characteristic of auroras.
In spite of everything, these events still hide mysteries that scientists have not been able to unravel. In fact, a year ago a group of researchers from the University of Oslo I sent a rocket inside the Northern Lights, located at the north pole, to be able to study it, literally, from within.
The flip side of auroras: Why do you need to track auroras?
In addition to producing a precious show of light and color, the auroras are also responsible for the formation of geomagnetic storms, which are one of the main causes of disruption of satellite systems and the power outages in the areas near the poles.
Therefore, it is very important to learn in depth how they originate. And since, after all, the citizen is also interested, who better than them to help out? That's what it's based on Aurorasaurus; no, it is not a new dinosaur from the next movie in the Jurassic World saga, but a NASA missionwhich intends to appeal to the American inhabitants who want to collaborate by alerting of the formation of auroras, either with the help of a application specifically designed for it, or through the own page.
In this way, they hope to predict the geomagnetic storms with much more precision than before. In addition, the system alerts other registered users when they have an aurora close, which can be very useful; because, although the auroras do not suppose an emergency in themselves, it could also be carried out with other more serious phenomena, such as fires, managing to alert the population in a very efficient way.
Those of us who don't live that far north are left without the honor of helping NASA, but someday we can use a similar application with other events that are closer to us, right? If this happens, we will keep you informed.