AuroraWatchNet is a project to build, deploy and operate magnetometers for detecting when the aurora borealis is likely to be visible from the UK and other mid-latitude locations. We have developed a low-cost, battery-powered, wireless magnetometer that can be installed easily. The entire magnetometer design, hardware and software, is open-source to encourage citizen-science. We have delibrately tailored the design so that anyone with modest experience in constructing electronic circuitry should be able to build the magnetometer.
We have 10 magnetometers for schools to use in their teaching of science, technology and mathematics. A competition was launched to select the schools which will host the magnetometers.