IntroductionThe Aurora Forecast 3D is a tool to track down where the aurora is located in the sky from any location on planet. It renders Earth in 3D with rotation and scaling at your fingertips. You can select locations and make your own ground - station list. The Sun illuminates the globe as it updates in near real-time (1 second epochs). The forecasts are +0, +1 and +4 hours ahead in time. These are updated every 15 minutes when the app is active and connected to internet.
Aurora Forecast 3D screen shots from a B15Q Cat phone running Android 4.4.2.
An Aurora Compass is included that shows where the auroral oval, the Moon and the Sun are located as you look up at the sky from your location. The phase and age of the Moon is also visualized in the compass. By zooming out in the 3D view port, stars and planets appear in their orbits around the Sun.
Mobile phone downloadsGoogle Play links:
Link for Android or Link for computer
Or search for "Aurora Forecast 3D" by Fred Sigernes on Google Play.
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|Installation: Unpack the zip file. Place the executable file in any directory of choice and just run it. Setup .txt files will be generated automatically and located in your Documents folder.|
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AcknowledgementWe wish to thank the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Space Weather Prediction Centre (SWPC) for allowing us to download the predicted value of the estimated Kp index every 15 minutes.