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

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.
31gev_20141019_20242014/10/19 20:24:0020:29:0020:27:00C2.1 S13E50 ( 2192 )
32gev_20141020_00492014/10/20 00:49:0000:56:0000:53:00C2.5 S18E37 ( 2192 )
33gev_20141020_01582014/10/20 01:58:0002:04:0002:01:00C2.8 S18E36 ( 2192 )
34gev_20141020_02252014/10/20 02:25:0002:32:0002:28:00C3.2 S15E43 ( 2192 )
35gev_20141020_03322014/10/20 03:32:0003:36:0003:34:00C2.8 S12E47 ( 2192 )


Solar summary past 24 hours

  • 18th October

    Solar activity reached moderate levels due to a long-duration M1/Sf
    flare from Region 2192 (S15E63, Eki/beta-gamma) at 18/0758 UTC. Region
    2192 also produced a multiple mid-level C-class flares throughout the
    period and appeared to be increasing in both size and magnetic
    complexity as it continues to rotate into full view. The other regions
    on the visible disk were stable. A filament eruption (approx 8 degree
    extent) centered near N15W10 was observed in SDO/AIA 304 imagery between
    18/0740-0938 UTC. No coronagraph imagery was available at the time of
    this writing to determine if a coronal mass ejection (CME) associated
    with either the M-flare or the filament eruption occurred.

    Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for M-class (R1-R2
    (Minor-Moderate)) flare activity over the next three days (18-20 Oct)
    with Region 2192 being the likely source.

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