Happy birthday SpaceWeatherLive! Let's celebrate!

Saturday, 15 September 2018 - 17:11 UTC

Happy birthday SpaceWeatherLive! Let's celebrate!

Happy birthday to ourselves! SpaceWeatherLive.com celebrates its 10th birthday today! On 15 September 2008, we registered the URL www.spaceweatherlive.com and SpaceWeatherLive was born.

The concept that SpaceWeatherLive is based on is the Dutch version of SpaceWeatherLive called Poollicht.be. About 12 years ago we started to make Poollicht.be available in more languages than just Dutch and right now we are already at 10 available languages! This means we had to came up with an internationally catchy name. That name is SpaceWeatherLive. Our website was at the time very small of course but over the years we continued to add new and unique features in a future proof package. More and more people started to visit SpaceWeatherLive and your engagement helped us to survive for all this time and motivate us to keep doing what we do best. Bring you the most complete space weather related website available.

So, in the 10 years that SpaceWeatherLive existed what do you think is the most common question that we receive? If you thought ''can I see aurora tonight?'' than you are correct but there is another question we receive a lot and we always had to give this same answer... no. But not anymore. The question that we from today on answer with a yes is... Do you have an app? YES WE DO! We now have an app that is available on iOS and Android!

Our app brings you the familiar SpaceWeatherLive experience in an easy to use app. The app has an integrated push notifications service that will notify you on the fly if a coronal hole faces our planet, a solar flare erupted or if we are in the middle of a geomagnetic storm. We also introduce an app exclusive dark theme which will preserve your night vision when you are aurora chasing out in the field! The app is also free to use for anybody, there are no (hidden) costs!

Down below you will find our little sale pitch that you will also be able to find in the Google Play Store and the Apple Store when you are going to download the app:

SpaceWeatherLive is the ultimate app for those who are interested in seeing the northern lights or want to know everything about the activity on our Sun. With this app you will be able to see and understand how active the aurora is right now and if there might be a good chance to spot the northern or southern lights in the coming days. You will never miss an aurora display again with this app in your pocket no matter where you go!

Beginner friendly - While the SpaceWeatherLive app is filled with all the space weather information you can think of both for beginning and advanced space weather enthusiasts, every item has a pop up with additional information to help you along if something is unclear. Learn more as you go along!

Everything in one app - Switch between the auroral activity and solar activity modes with just one click!

Dark mode - Preserve your night vision with our special dark mode! Ideal for aurora chasing out in the field!

Push notifications - Free push notifications informing you of significant space weather events like solar flares, geomagnetic storms, earth-facing coronal holes and much more!

Modern graphs - All the data that you are interested in are represented in sleek, responsive graphs. Dials don't cut it when you are out in the field, you want to know how the data looks like in the past and right now. Our graphs provide all the information you need in the blink of an eye!

News - Not only do we provide a ton of different automated alerts, we even have a dedicated team of space weather enthusiasts who write detailed hand written reports during high solar or auroral activity!

Extensive help section - Are you a beginner and does our app look a bit daunting when you first open it? Fear not, we have a dedicated help section with tons of articles and a FAQ section. Give it a read and soon you will be able to make your very own aurora forecasts!

Free for all - Our app is completely free of charge! No in-app purchases or other hidden costs!

Please install the app and tell every aurora lover out there about this shiny new app you're using! Also do not forget to leave a rating and comment in the Google Play store or the Apple Store. We love to hear your feedback! We of course also continue the support of our Twitter feed if you are interested in getting notifications trough that method. Thank you!

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A huge thanks to everybody for the support during these ten amazing years and of course a special shout out to those of you who support us with your donations. You have kept us online for all of these years but also made this app possible. Down below a couple of screenshots of the SpaceWeatherLive Android and iOS app.



...and for today's extra content... a screenshot made in 2005 (!) of the Dutch version of SpaceWeatherLive also better known as Poollicht.be. Its a long time ago but with a bit of imagination you can see elements still in use today:

Thank you for reading this article! Did you had trouble with some of the technical terms used in this article? Our help section is the place to be where you can find in-depth articles, a FAQ and a list with common abbreviations. Still puzzled? Just post on our forum where we will help you the best we can! Never want to miss out on a space weather event or one of our news articles again? Subscribe to our mailing list, follow us on Twitter and Facebook and download the SpaceWeatherLive app for Android and iOS!

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