Aurora visibility

An idea shamelessly borrowed from to go and get the Geomagnetic Activity (KP Index) from NOAA and parse it and produce wo outputs.

First is the actual current KP value and the second is a crudely calculated true false output that would indicate if you have any chance of seeing the aurora at the latitude hard coded in the function. (and yes it only handles northern hemisphere :-)

For more info on the Kp index - see

(Sadly it has nothing to do with Kevin Pietersen's batting performance - though given the random nature of the index... maybe it does...)

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Flow Info

created 3 years, 5 months ago

Node Types

  • comment (x1)
  • debug (x2)
  • function (x1)
  • http request (x1)
  • inject (x1)


  • Kp
  • aurora
  • noaa
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