About AuroraMAX


Auroramax, Yellowknife, Canada

AuroraMAX is a public outreach initiative dedicated to sharing the science and the splendour of Canada's northern lights. The heart of the project is our observatory, which broadcasts the aurora borealis live from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, during the aurora season. The project is designed to raise awareness of the science of the aurora, and how the Sun's relationship with Earth affects our daily lives.

The AuroraMAX Logo

Designed by James Pugsley of Astronomy North, the AuroraMAX logo symbolizes the cause-and-effect relationship between our star and our planet. A prominent green spike represents the changing nature of the aurora, set against the powerful source behind the solar wind—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 hosts the AuroraMAX Observatory and uses 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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