...AURT is capable of imaging the northern sky in exquisite detail, despite its location on the edge of the town of Athabasca.

AUGO conducts optical and magnetic studies of the aurora borealis, and has been host to NASA’s THEMIS ground based observatory...

AUGO II will be Canada’s newest and most complete subauroral observatory.

Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory

A geophysical observatory provides a window with which to observe aerial phenomena related to the earth and the sun. This is the awe inspiring and mysterious Aurora Borealis.

AUGO, and its new sister observatory, AUGO II, are leading edge facilities dedicated to studying the aurora and its underlying solar-terestrial origins using optical and magnetic instrumentation. The observatories' subauroral location, on the southern edge of the northern Auroral Oval, place it in an optimal position to observe auroral substorm activity, which has attractetd leading space physics scientists from around the world.

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AUGO II is Operational

March 13, 2012

AUGO hosted a group of four space physicists from Nagoya University's Solar Terrestrial Environment Laboratory (STEL)...


September 21, 2011

Current status of the AUGO II new observatory.

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Updated January 29 2014 by AU Geophysical Observatory