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.

What's New

Version 2.0.4

Minor background updates.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

292 Ratings

292 Ratings

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.

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.

Love it! Such an accurate application.

Tim the magician

I particularly like the notifications; I immediately know on powering up my iPad if the Sun is doing anything interesting. This is an excellent app, which is so straightforward and so quick with the information you simply have to get it!
On a trip to Iceland in January 2018 it got Aurora probability spot on, and we experienced a lovely display!

Developer Response

Thanks for the kind review, and great to hear that you got to see a lovely display in Iceland in January 2018!


Progress Concepts Limited
14.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014-2018 Progress Concepts Limited


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