The aurora borealis (or northern lights) is a spectacular natural phenomenon which can occasionally be seen in the night sky over Britain. Once seen, it is never forgotten.

AuroraWatch UK is a free service offering alerts when the aurora might be visible from the UK. It is run by scientists in the Space and Planetary Physics group at Lancaster University’s Department of Physics.

The AuroraWatch UK app for iOS is written, run and maintained by Neil Morton at Progress Concepts Limited, in association with AuroraWatch UK, giving you the data at your fingertips on your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, and delivering free real-time alerts whenever aurora is likely to be visible from the UK.

Alerts are configurable within the app to different levels, so you will know when to look out for aurora wherever you are.

* Receive realtime alerts direct to your device when sighting is likely.
* Monitor the UK's geomagnetic activity in real-time.
* See how likely it is that you may see the aurora.
* View last 24 hours chart.
* View map with current aurora & cloud cover.
* View Shetland Cliff Cam to see any aurora.
* Today widget allows quick access to current activity.
* Watch app allows quick access to current activity.
* Watch complications.
* Use Siri shortcuts to get latest status (including HomePod).

What’s New

Version 2.4.6

- Background improvements.

2.4.0 included:
- Widgets - See the aurora borealis status right from your home screen.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

Ole polie ,

fantastical aurora AWUK

Aurora uk it’s fantastic my wife and brother in law think it’s fantastic as we’ll I’ve seen them jump into their cars and go to see it closer up there crazy about it mind this was last year .but this year they haven’t had time with moving house it’s my fault because it’s into a new bungalow now because I have got vascular Parkinsonism so that’s how they haven’t been able to get it or going to see the aurora when it was happening but it’s back on now oke doke And cheers Leo Monaghan

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the 5 star rating. Good luck.

misnic1 ,

I love what you do but its hard to let you know

First time on this app today. I found it through some southern aurora pics and after continued reading I realised that I could be alerted when there would be or could be an aurora over parts of the UK.
I downloaded the app and have fallen in love with your live webcams. With the opportunity to watch an aurora, to follow a seal colony and to watch and listen to the Ocean I feel truly privileged.
However after giving all my details and reading comments from other app users I decided to post my thoughts, basically what I have said here, but there was no post button. Twice more I filled in the required details plus my post, to no avail.
I will look forward to hearing from you
Yours sincerely Nicola Drayton

Developer Response ,

Thanks for leaving your review, and I am glad you love what we do. Sorry, I am not sure what you mean by 'there was no post button'. If you want to reach out to us, you can directly via the 'Email Me' option on the Settings screen. If you want to leave a review on the App Store, you just did! Tapping 'Please Rate' on the settings screen takes you to the App Store. You leave a review, and tap Send in the top right. Hope this helps.

EmmaA330 ,

Great app!!

Used this little app for a couple of years now and is great for predicting when we might be lucky enough to see the lights. The notifications are fab, rely on them so much for planning my evening when there's clear skies over the UK. I've been let down more often than not (the aurora can quickly die down) but the times I have managed to photograph the lights, it wouldn't have been possible without the information on this app.


Progress Concepts Limited
39.6 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 and watchOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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