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_20151123_18082015/11/23 18:08:0018:31:0018:20:00B8.2 N16W65 ( 2454 )
17gev_20151123_18102015/11/23 18:10:0018:40:0018:20:00B8.2 N16W65 ( 2454 )
18gev_20151125_07282015/11/25 07:28:0008:46:0008:27:00C1.9 N15W82 ( 2454 )
19gev_20151125_10282015/11/25 10:28:0010:50:0010:43:00B7.9 N09E78 ( 2459 )
20gev_20151125_22092015/11/25 22:09:0022:39:0022:20:00B5.6 N13W81 ( 2454 )


Solar summary past 24 hours

  • 11th November 2015

    Solar activity was at low levels. Region 2443 (N07, L=321), produced the
    strongest flare of the period, a C3 flare at 10/1411 UTC,
    as it rotated around the west limb. A new region of flux near the SE
    limb produced a C2 flare at 10/1654 UTC. Region 2448 (N04W08), Cao/beta)
    underwent some dissipation as it decreased in area and total spots.
    Region 2449 (S12E10, Dso/beta) continued to undergo decay as it
    decreased in penumbral area. All other regions were little changed and
    stable. No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CME) were observed in
    available SOHO/LASCO imagery during the period.

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