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_20140901_18032014/09/01 18:03:0020:00:0018:26:00C1.6 S12W47 ( 2150 )
42gev_20140901_18052014/09/01 18:05:0018:56:0018:26:00C1.7 S12W47 ( 2150 )
43gev_20140901_21422014/09/01 21:42:0022:10:0022:02:00C1.5 N07W79 ( 2149 )
44gev_20140902_00082014/09/02 00:08:0000:24:0000:16:00C2.3 N06W80 ( 2149 )
45gev_20140902_00502014/09/02 00:50:0001:06:0000:59:00C2.6 S13W01 ( 2152 )


Solar summary past 24 hours

  • 1st September

    Solar activity remained at low levels. Region 2149 (N09W70, Dkc/beta)
    was the prominent flare producer this period. Region 2149 produced a C7
    flare at 31/1211 UTC which was the largest event of the period. In
    addition to numerous low-level C-class flares, Region 2149 produced a
    long duration C2/Sf flare at 01/0744 UTC. A Type-II radio emission at
    01/1113 UTC with an estimated velocity of 2,079 km/s is believed to be
    associated with activity behind the east limb.

    Region 2149 continued to exhibit a minor trend of penumbral decay as it
    approaches the west limb. Region 2152 (S16E08, Dac/beta-gamma) also
    began a trend of decay but maintained a weak beta-gamma magnetic
    configuration. Region 2153 (S10W17, Cao/beta) showed signs of
    development in its trailer spot area early in the period but, along with
    the other regions on the visible disk, was relatively stable throughout
    the remainder of the period.

    A coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with the long duration C2/Sf
    flare from Region 2149 at 01/0744 UTC was observed off the northwest
    limb in SOHO/LASCO C2 coronagraph imagery beginning at 01/0924 UTC.
    Additional imagery and analysis is needed to determine if this CME has
    an Earth-directed component. At the time of this writing, no
    Earth-directed CMEs were observed.

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