AuroraMAX is a five-year educational and public outreach initiative that features live broadcast of the Northern Lights from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The project is designed to raise awareness of the science of the Northern Lights, and how the Sun’s relationship with Earth can affect our daily lives.
AuroraMAX will allow skywatchers to follow the intensity and frequency of the aurora borealis leading up to Solar Maximum (hence the name AuroraMAX). Solar Maximum, the most active period of the Sun’s 11-year cycle (which consequently produces the most active auroras), is expected to peak in 2013.
The AuroraMAX Logo
Designed by James Pugsley of Astronomy North, the AuroraMAX logo symbolizes the cause-and-effect relationship between a star and a planet. A prominent green spike represents the changing nature of the aurora, set against the powerful source behind the solar wind—our star, the Sun.
AuroraMAX is a collaborative initiative between the University of Calgary, the City of Yellowknife, Astronomy North and the Canadian Space Agency.
The University of Calgary provides technical and scientific support for AuroraMAX. Led by space physicist Eric Donovan, the University of Calgary team developed and operates the world’s foremost network of auroral cameras, including AuroraMAX.
The City of Yellowknife is hosting the AuroraMAX Observatory, and will use images from AuroraMAX to promote aurora tourism and share Yellowknife’s sky with the world.
Project management for AuroraMAX is led jointly by the Canadian Space Agency at the national level and by Astronomy North (a society dedicated to northern sky education and awareness) in northern regions.
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