Develop virtual reality viewers using International Space Station video feeds, Aurorasaurus or other camera data that features views of the northern lights, or gives users other virtual experiences of viewing the Earth from the International Space Station.
The aurora represents a great visual tool for scientists to use in the study of the space environment. Surveying auroral emissions is a bit like looking at a giant television screen; the picture can help scientists figure out what is happening with energetic particles, and electromagnetic fields, from just above the Earth to far out in surrounding space.
- Combine resources such as ISS video feeds, Aurorasaurus and EarthKam to do star field recognition on auroral images from the Space Station to make latitude longitude maps of where the aurora are being seen.
- Maps could be used for comparison to other Heliophysics applications, i.e. comparison to Defense Meteorological Satellite Program auroral data, comparison to auroral models, utilization with the Aurorasaurus citizen science platform.
- Aurorasaurus is a NASA citizen science project that gathers real-time data about aurora sightings and sends out notifications to users when the Northern Lights are likely visible in their area. Aurorasaurus improves forecasting of the aurora using citizen science reports and crowd-sourced ground truth observations of aurora.
- EarthKam is an image collection and accompanying activities are extraordinary resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications, and art.