Aurora Alert

Aurora Alert


Aurora Alert is an app designed to alert you when you have the best chance of seeing the aurora borealis in your area (aurora australis in the southern hemisphere.). It is designed to work "right out of the box", without any configuration needed from the user. This design makes Aurora Alert an ideal app for all users. Novice users benefit from the automated nature of the app, while intermediate to advanced users can enjoy an abundance of data at their fingertips.

Features:
- Automatically alerts when auroral activity is high enough
- Current auroral activity based on Kp and history graphs
- Auroral oval map customized for all locations
- NOAA Kp predictions within the next few hours
- 3-day aurora forecast
- Solar wind and IMF data
- Configure when you can be alerted based on sky darkness
- Filter out alerts based on current cloud cover
- Several local K-indices available for the most up-to-date activity
- Moon phase calendar included

When first launching Aurora Alert, it will find your location from GPS or cell networks, and then configure your settings based on the results. Users can then adjust any settings, if they wish. Aurora Alert will then update in the background, as often as you wish, and will alert you to possible aurora sightings when the conditions are favorable. You’ll never miss a chance to see the northern lights again!

Aurora Alert is configured to run as efficiently as possible. Automatic updates will download only 5KB of compressed data per update, which spares users of downloading needless data against their limits. It also runs only when it needs to, and no more, which helps save battery life and frees up for RAM for other apps. Note that since Aurora Alert needs to update in the background, certain task killer apps can prevent it from updating. So if you run any task killers, Aurora Alert will need to be on the ignore list in order to keep updating.

For more screenshots, see the website link below. Your feedback would be appreciated.

Recent changes:
In 1.06: Users now have the option to restrict updates to WiFi networks only, and also restrict updates to just night-time hours as selected in the "Alert Times" section. Optimize your battery usage even more!

In 1.04:
A dozen K-Index locations were added for support in the southern hemisphere and Europe.
Display options were added to tweak the graphical interface.
Users now have the ability to manually enter a location in Over Settings > Override Location
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$2.99
89
4.5
User ratings
170
Installs
5,000+
Concerns
1
File size
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About Aurora Alert
Aurora Alert is an app designed to alert you when you have the best chance of seeing the aurora borealis in your area (aurora australis in the southern hemisphere.). It is designed to work "right out of the box", without any configuration needed from the user. This design makes Aurora Alert an ideal app for all users. Novice users benefit from the automated nature of the app, while intermediate to advanced users can enjoy an abundance of data at their fingertips.

Features:
- Automatically alerts when auroral activity is high enough
- Current auroral activity based on Kp and history graphs
- Auroral oval map customized for all locations
- NOAA Kp predictions within the next few hours
- 3-day aurora forecast
- Solar wind and IMF data
- Configure when you can be alerted based on sky darkness
- Filter out alerts based on current cloud cover
- Several local K-indices available for the most up-to-date activity
- Moon phase calendar included

When first launching Aurora Alert, it will find your location from GPS or cell networks, and then configure your settings based on the results. Users can then adjust any settings, if they wish. Aurora Alert will then update in the background, as often as you wish, and will alert you to possible aurora sightings when the conditions are favorable. You’ll never miss a chance to see the northern lights again!

Aurora Alert is configured to run as efficiently as possible. Automatic updates will download only 5KB of compressed data per update, which spares users of downloading needless data against their limits. It also runs only when it needs to, and no more, which helps save battery life and frees up for RAM for other apps. Note that since Aurora Alert needs to update in the background, certain task killer apps can prevent it from updating. So if you run any task killers, Aurora Alert will need to be on the ignore list in order to keep updating.

For more screenshots, see the website link below. Your feedback would be appreciated.

Recent changes:
In 1.06: Users now have the option to restrict updates to WiFi networks only, and also restrict updates to just night-time hours as selected in the "Alert Times" section. Optimize your battery usage even more!

In 1.04:
A dozen K-Index locations were added for support in the southern hemisphere and Europe.
Display options were added to tweak the graphical interface.
Users now have the ability to manually enter a location in Over Settings > Override Location

Android Market Comments
A Google User
Jul 6, 2015
Alert doesnt work It has potential. The alerts dont work on this app. Fix this and i will re evaluate
A Google User
Jun 30, 2015
Definitely the best Aurora Alert app I've found. When comparing the data coming through here, it was matching very well the NOAA data. Customisation was excellent EXCEPT for one thing. Would it possible to add an option to update data daily? The ability to keep up to date quickly is excellent when the atmosphere is cranking, but for those many days where the Kp is 1-3, this app drinks juice (not hugely) for no benefit. I end up turning updates off. Include this option and it's 5 stars all the way.
A Google User
Jun 25, 2015
Got Your App a Mention on Minneapolis Local News! Hey - Thought you'd like to know about a mention this app got as a result of a conversation I had with the head meteorologist at KARE11, who mentioned your app on the 10pm news on 6/23/2015. Clearly, we're both fans! Thanks for the great app!
A Google User
Jun 24, 2015
Best aurora alert Best alert out there, does Borealis and Australis. However, very conservative default Kp values for alerts - recommend lowering them to avoid false negatives.
A Google User
Jun 8, 2015
Disappointed With Location Updates I'm an over the road truck driver obsessed with space weather and desperately wanting an app that updates my location automatically and alerts accordingly. This one appears to do just that but sadly it does not. While driving I cannot and will not update my location every hour or so as it's just not safe to do so. If this is ever fixed in an update I will happily change my rating.
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