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

Click the images to enlarge them.


Latest GOES Solar X-ray Image


Current Sunspots

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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_20140801_10002014/08/01 10:00:0012:30:0011:43:00C4.8 S09E37 ( 2130 )
42gev_20140801_10382014/08/01 10:38:0011:57:0011:43:00C4.8 S09E37 ( 2130 )
43gev_20140801_13502014/08/01 13:50:0014:30:0013:56:00C2.5 S12E35 ( 2130 )
44gev_20140801_14432014/08/01 14:43:0014:57:0014:48:00M2.0 S09E35 ( 2130 )
45gev_20140801_17552014/08/01 17:55:0018:13:0018:12:00M1.5 S10E11 ( 2127 )

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Solar summary past 24 hours

  • 18 April

    Solar activity was at low levels. Region 2036 (S16W34, Dhc/beta-gamma)
    continued to be the most active region on the visible disk, producing a
    C4/Sf flare at 18/0809 UTC, which was the largest flare of the period.
    Region 2034 (N04W32, Ekc/beta) exhibited moderate growth through out the
    period, with Region 2035 (S15W11, Ekc/beta-gamma) following suit,
    showing decent growth as well. Although Region 2036 continued to be the
    most active, it began to show signs of decay, decreasing from over 510
    millionths in area to near 390 millionths. The remaining spot groups
    were either stable or exhibited slight decay.

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