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_20141024_02352014/10/24 02:35:0002:48:0002:43:00C4.2 S19W01 ( 2192 )
42gev_20141024_02552014/10/24 02:55:0003:04:0003:00:00C3.4 S20W02 ( 2192 )
43gev_20141024_03562014/10/24 03:56:0004:02:0004:00:00C3.6S21W00
44gev_20141024_07372014/10/24 07:37:0007:53:0007:48:00M4.0 S19W05 ( 2192 )
45gev_20141024_09582014/10/24 09:58:0010:04:0010:01:00C3.6 S14W07 ( 2192 )


Solar summary past 24 hours

  • 22nd October

    Region 2192 (S15E19, Fkc/beta-gamma-delta) produced an M8 (R2, moderate)
    flare at 22/0159 UTC, with no optical counterpart reported, bringing
    solar activity to high levels for the period. The event was accompanied
    by a Tenflare (590 sfu) and a Type IV radio sweep. Region 2192 also
    produced two impulsive M-flares (M1 at 21/1338 UTC and M2/Sf at 22/0517
    UTC). The M1 event was accompanied by a Type II radio emission (est
    speed 876 km/s) at 21/1342 UTC. Another Type II signature was reported
    at 21/1249 UTC (est speed 662 km/s). The region continued to grow,
    reaching 2410 micro-hemispheres, with intermediate spot development and
    leader-trailer separation evident on SDO/HMI intensitygram loops.

    The most recently received SOHO/LASCO C2 coronagraph imagery revealed
    three very faint CMEs, first visible at 21/1248, 21/1724 and 21/2128
    UTC. None were observed in C3 imagery, but appeared to be associated
    with narrow plumes of material ejected from the southern portion of
    Region 2192, evident in SDO/AIA 304 imagery. Another plume was noted
    beginning at 22/0239 UTC, but corresponding coronagraph imagery has not
    yet been received. In each case, the material is ejected to the south.
    Similar to the analysis of yesterday’s CME, these faint, slow events are
    not thought to pose a significant threat. Further analysis will be
    conducted as imagery is received.

    Elsewhere on the disk, both Regions 2187 (S08W60, Cso/beta) and 2194
    (S13E51, Cso/beta) were stable, while new intermediate spots emerged in
    Region 2193 (N04W25, Dao/beta).

    Finally, a new region has ...

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