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 2.1.0

- Updated share screen.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.4K Ratings
1.4K 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.

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.

Yetrider575 ,

What's not to love

Fabulous app that does exactly what it claims and more. Well thought out notification criteria, and useful info. Improvements could be a time slider back + forecast on the already very cool 30min map view, and perhaps some way of negating the hours delay? For us in N Yorks, that could be the difference between seeing and missing the aurora. Thanks for making this app available though, especially at no cost. 5 stars, no hesitation.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.
On the point of an hours delay, there is no delay, the times are in UTC (which is the same as GMT). As we are in British Summer Time right now, the times will appear to be one hour different, but are actually real time.


Progress Concepts Limited
32.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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