Thank you #AuroraHunters!

Thank you #AuroraHunters!


07/03/2019 2:50 pm


ESA/ J.Makinen


What an incredible few days. From the 3-5 March, ESA worked with the Norwegian Space Agency and OHB System to organise the #AuroraHunters SocialSpace – which included talks from European space weather experts, visits to KSAT, EISCAT, the old Tromsø geophysical observatory and an arctic boat trip!

Hundreds of people from across the globe applied to join the event and 30 were selected from different backgrounds, countries and areas of expertise. We are so happy to have met them all - a talented, joyful & spontaneous bunch who are passionate about space, our planet and the amazing work being done to understand both better.

While the weather on Earth proved uncooperative for much of the event, gaps in the clouds hinted that the space weather was in fact on the #AuroraHunters’ side. Although we are currently in a period of low solar activity, the skies were still periodically lit up with the characteristic aurora-green glow.

In this photo, the #AuroraHunters were captured frolicking in the snow in front of Eiscat’s 32-metre ultra-high frequency radar antenna, after a presentation and tour around the grounds.

Find out more about the trip using the #AuroraHunters hashtag here, or check out the photos in the dedicated Flickr album, here.

Information on future SocialSpace events can be found on the @Social4Space twitter page.

Thank you for making this #SocialSpace so special!

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