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.
16gev_20141128_11162014/11/28 11:16:0011:25:0011:20:00C2.0 S18E52 ( 2222 )
17gev_20141128_20122014/11/28 20:12:0020:19:0020:16:00C3.1 N04W32 ( 2219 )
18gev_20141129_00002014/11/29 00:00:0000:21:0000:10:00C4.0 S22E31 ( 2224 )
19gev_20141129_01242014/11/29 01:24:0002:50:0002:01:00C4.3 S19E34 ( 2222 )
20gev_20141129_01442014/11/29 01:44:0002:32:0002:01:00C4.2 S19E34 ( 2222 )


Solar summary past 24 hours

  • 28th November

    Solar activity was at low levels through the period with Region 2222
    (S20E50, Ehc/beta-gamma) producing the majority of the C-class activity.
    This region produced the largest flare of the period; a C7/Sf flare at
    28/0040 UTC. Slight to moderate growth was observed in Region 2222 as
    it continued to rotate onto the disk.

    Slight elongation was noted in Region 2219 (N04W28, Eai/beta-gamma).
    Region 2221 (N04E49, Dac/beta-gamma) indicated overall growth in area,
    particularly in its intermediate spots, and developed some mixed
    magnetic polarity within the leader portion of the group. New Region
    2224 (S24E35, Bxo/beta) developed on the disk this period. The
    remaining regions were stable and indicated little change.

    Other activity consisted of a C2 x-ray event recorded at 28/0422 UTC.
    The event was associated with a filament eruption observed in GONG and
    SDO/AIA 193 and 304 imagery between 28/0415-0500 UTC. The 8 degree long
    filament was centered near S18E42, to the NW of Regions 2222 and 2224,
    and was observed lifting off the SE portion of the disk. No coronagraph
    data was available at the time of this report to determine if there was
    an associated CME. Further analysis is ongoing.

    Solar activity is expected to be at low levels with an increasing chance
    for an M-class flare (R1-R2/Minor-Moderate) during the period (28-30
    Nov), particularly from Regions 2219, 2221 and 2222. This is based on
    these three region’s magnetic complexity and steady growth.

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