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Solar Stormwatch ADMIN November 25, 2009
Welcome aurora chasers! This is where your photos of the northern and southern lights can help scientists discover exactly how solar storms affect our atmosphere as they whizz by Earth.

Group Description

This group is part of Solar Stormwatch: a real science project that you can take part in, both at and here on Flickr.

It’s all about delving into some big solar mysteries… and the one we’d like members of this group to tackle is, ‘What happens when solar storms whoosh past Earth?’

Scientists know that solar storms cause aurora, but the details remain tantalisingly undiscovered. Your photos can help reveal them – the colours in your aurora snaps tell scientists about the energy of the storms and information about your location tells them about the storm’s impact around the world.

Over at our volunteers’ work is building a catalogue of past solar storms, with a date and direction for each one. We’re putting a photo of each Earth-directed storm in this group, tagged with its expected Earth arrival time and date. We’d like you to match up these pictures with your photos of aurora from the same time and date. To do that, just geotag them with their location and add an astrotag for the full GMT date and time. If you want to go the extra mile, you could even create a Flickr gallery of the event too, using photos that you find on Flickr.

And finally – solarstormwatch members are also keeping watch for Earth-bound solar storms in the spacecrafts’ near-real-time footage. This makes the Solar Stormwatch forecast: a prediction of upcoming events that you can use to get out there and photograph the effects of incoming solar storms.

Group Rules

Why rules?
This group is part of the Solar Stormwatch project, run by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich (ROG).

While your photos are posted to this group they may be displayed by the ROG in relation to the Solar Stormwatch project. This means we need to make sure that we have your permission to do so.

Aurora chasers group rules:

1. Adding your photo to the group
By adding a photo to the group you confirm to the ROG that it:

- was taken and processed by you
- is consistent with the Flickr Community Guidelines
- is your original work
- does not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party
- does not contain any obscene or defamatory content or material

2. Tagging your photos
To make your aurora photos useful to science we’d be really grateful if you could:

- geotag (add your photo to a map) on Flickr, so we know where it was taken
- tag your photo with the time it was taken in Greenwich Mean Time, in the format astro:gmt=yyyy-mm-ddThh:mm
- describe what your photo shows in the format astro:subject=aurora

You can find out more about these astrotags with our guide, Astrotags explained.

- share your camera settings as additional information about the photo, and tell us about any processing that may have changed the colours and extent of the aurora as it originally appeared in the sky

This information will enable scientists to use your photos to study the effects of solar storms on Earth.

3. Copyright
For each photo that you add to the group, you grant the Royal Observatory Greenwich a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free licence to use, publicly perform and publicly display by means of the Flickr API your photo solely in connection with the Solar Stormwatch project and Aurora chasers group, without any further notice or remuneration to you.

This licence shall apply for the period during which the photo is posted in the Aurora chasers group. If you remove your photo from the Aurora chasers group, this license will automatically terminate.

In the event that your photo is displayed in connection with the Solar Stormwatch project or Aurora chasers group, it will be displayed with your Flickr screen name and the title of the picture.

4. Contributing to scientific research

If you’d like scientists to be able to make use of your photos in scientific papers and presentations please apply a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial license. In keeping with this license, you will be credited for your work and we will let you know via Flickr mail if your picture is used in this way, as well as announcing it in the group.

For more information on Creative Commons please see the Flickr’s FAQ and the Creative Commons website.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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