Esa Turunen, Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory
Lappi Satellite, Real-Time Video Stream of Aurora from Space
We have annually 70-80 million overnight stays in Finland by foreign visitors. Of these people, 3-6% want to see Nature's most beautiful color show, Northern Lights, the Aurora. However, the current services are not at the level our technology would allow today. Forecasts are rare, mostly difficult to interpret - and moreover, often the skies are cloudy. Scientific real-time data exists, but it is difficult to use, advanced data products which would serve the Aurora tourism are not developed. There is not even a live video stream of Aurora as now, specially when it is overcast.