Solar Activity

Real Time Solar Activity

Sunspots and solar flares are the most important thing to aurora watchers. If we have lots of sunspots, then there are good chances of some serious solar flares (M and X class) and therefore very good chance for auroras.

Using this page you can monitor the suns activity, including sunspots, solar flares, coronal holes, CME’s etc. The images are the very latest images available and are provided by the worlds leading space weather labs. Some images update faster than others, so the term real time is not strictly true for some of them, but it’s as close to real time as we will likely ever get monitoring something 149 million kilometres away (92 million miles). If you are new to all this and your not quite sure what it all means, have a read of these pages and it should start to make sense: Solar Flare wiki and Sunspot wiki

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Latest GOES Solar X-ray Image

Current Sunspots

193 ångström image
(Good for checking Coronal Holes)

Lasco C2 image aurora borealis
Latest Lasco C2 image
(Good for checking CME’s)

GOES 6 hour X-ray Flux (Monitors Solar Flares | 6 hour graph)
(Updated every minute)

GOES 3 day X-ray Flux (Monitors Solar Flares | 3 day graph)
(Updated every 5 minutes)

Real Time Solar Flare List

Any flares that show up on the real time images above, will show on this table within a few minutes (it takes a few minutes to determine which sunspot the solar flare originated from). The table displays the last 5 solar flares (the very latest flare will be at the bottom). Note, the flare has to have finished flaring to show up, if you see on the X ray images above that a flare is in progress, it won’t show up here until it’s done. This data is provided by Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory which is a department of the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto, California.

Event#NameStartStopPeakGOES ClassSunspot No.
41gev_20141031_08212014/10/31 08:21:0008:29:0008:25:00C2.3 S04E59 ( 2201 )
42gev_20141031_09192014/10/31 09:19:0009:27:0009:23:00C2.0 S04E58 ( 2201 )
43gev_20141101_04442014/11/01 04:44:0007:05:0005:34:00C2.7S22E52
44gev_20141101_09202014/11/01 09:20:0010:05:0009:38:00C4.5 S10W88 ( )
45gev_20141101_10202014/11/01 10:20:0010:30:0010:24:00C4.1 S05E45 ( 2201 )


Solar summary past 24 hours

  • 29th October

    Solar activity was at moderate levels during the period. Region 2192
    (S12W78, Fkc/beta-gamma-delta) produced three M-class (R1-minor) flares
    during the period, including an M1/Sf at 28/1406 UTC, an M1/Sf at
    29/0820 UTC, and an M1 at 29/1001 UTC. As with the vast majority of the
    previous flare activity, no significant radio signatures were noted, and
    none of the events appeared to produce significant Earth-directed

    Due to Region 2192′s location, just rotating off the visible disk,
    accurate areal coverage and magnetic structure are difficult to
    determine. However, based on the imagery available as it transits the
    limb, it looked to be mostly unchanged and still very capable of
    producing M- (R1/R2- Minor-Moderate) and X- (R3-Strong) class flares.

    Regions 2197 (S13E08, Dso/beta) and 2198 (S13W25, Dso/beta) both
    exhibited signs of growth, while the other regions on the visible disk
    were either stable or in decay.

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