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.
32gev_20140920_12442014/09/20 12:44:0013:15:0012:54:00C1.1 S13E88 ( 2172 )
33gev_20140920_17082014/09/20 17:08:0017:23:0017:14:00C1.1 S12E88 ( 2172 )
34gev_20140921_01442014/09/21 01:44:0001:58:0001:51:00C1.2 S13E85 ( 2172 )
35gev_20140921_07072014/09/21 07:07:0007:25:0007:14:00C2.0 S12E78 ( 2172 )
36gev_20140921_11312014/09/21 11:31:0012:32:0011:53:00C5.2 N13W43 ( 2166 )


Solar summary past 24 hours

  • 12th September

    Solar activity reached moderate levels during the period due to a pair
    of M-class flares from a yet unnumbered region just rotating around the
    NE limb. The first was an M2 flare at 11/1526 UTC which had an
    associated 210 sfu 10cm radio burst. The second was an M1 flare at
    11/2126 UTC. Region 2157 (S14W31, Ekc/beta-gamma) had slight decay
    within its smaller intermediate spot area and produced a C9/1f flare at
    12/0224 UTC. Region 2158 (N16W19, Dkc/beta-gamma-delta) appeared to
    have further separation in its northern spots along with a weak delta in
    the NE portion of the group. The rest of the spotted regions were
    either stable or in decay. No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections
    (CMEs) were observed during the period.

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