Visual & Media
April 12, 2014
Kelton Ray Minor, MS '14
Aurorae is an interactive web visualization of the northern lights that pairs scientific satellite data with public photographic and social observations to amplify cognition of space weather at the edge of earth's atmosphere.
Seldom seen by the lenses of the public and regularly recorded by instruments of science, the luminous draperies that frequent the polar regions have long inspired curiosity, myth and theory. Contemporary theories of knowledge suggest that the aurora is a visible trace of the invisible connection between the sun's extended atmosphere and the earth's magnetic force field, but many aspects of the phenomena remain shrouded in mystery. Aurorae maps public and scientific aurora observations to explore the relationship between public and scientific methods of seeing the northern lights, to provide an accessible tool for others to view the phenomenon, and to expand weather forecasts from the terrestrial realm to the atmospheric interface between earth and space.