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

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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_20140822_09102014/08/22 09:10:0009:28:0009:23:00C8.5 N09E75 ( 2149 )
42gev_20140822_10132014/08/22 10:13:0010:46:0010:27:00C2.2 N11E01 ( 2146 )
43gev_20140822_12042014/08/22 12:04:0012:11:0012:08:00C1.1 N11E76 ( 2149 )
44gev_20140822_12442014/08/22 12:44:0013:01:0012:57:00C6.4 N10E72 ( 2149 )
45gev_20140822_15402014/08/22 15:40:0016:02:0015:52:00C6.2 N09W01 ( 2146 )

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Solar summary past 24 hours

  • 22nd August

    Solar activity was moderate. Region 2149 (N12E72, Eac/beta) produced the
    largest events of the period, an impulsive M3/Sf solar flare at 21/1331
    UTC and another impulsive M1/1F flare at 22/0623 UTC. This region grew
    as it rotated into view.

    Region 2148 (N06E21, Dac/beta) also grew and produced a C6/Sf flare at
    22/0006 UTC. This event appeared to be associated with radio emissions
    including a Type II sweep (578 km/s) at 22/0009 UTC, and a Type IV
    sweeps at 22/0002 UTC. Another Type IV sweep was reported at 22/0418
    UTC.

    Region 2146 (N10W00, Cso/beta) produced a C2/Sf flare at 22/1027 UTC and
    Type II (465 km/s) and Type IV radio emissions.

    Region 2143 (S05W44, Dac/beta) also grew, but produced no significant
    activity. The remaining regions were stable or decaying.

    No Earth directed CMEs were detected in the available coronagraph
    imagery, however.

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