Solar Activity

Real Time Solar Activity

Sunspots and solar flares (which quite often mean CME’s) 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 150 million kilometres away (93 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)
(Updated every minute)

GOES 3 day X-ray Flux (Monitors Solar Flares)
(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.

Event# Name Start Stop Peak GOES Class Sunspot No.
1 gev_20170518_1634 2017/05/18 16:34:00 16:44:00 16:39:00 B1.1 N10E38 ( 2656 )
2 gev_20170521_0737 2017/05/21 07:37:00 07:48:00 07:44:00 B1.4 S06E02 ( 2658 )
3 gev_20170522_2201 2017/05/22 22:01:00 22:09:00 22:05:00 B1.5 S10W11 ( 2660 )
4 gev_20170523_1404 2017/05/23 14:04:00 14:37:00 14:21:00 B4.4 S09W22 ( 2660 )
5 gev_20170524_1331 2017/05/24 13:31:00 13:56:00 13:44:00 B3.8 S09W34 ( 2660 )


Solar summary past 24 hours

  • 6th January 2016

    .24 hr Summary…
    Solar activity was low. Region 2476 (S08W07, Cro/beta) continued its
    gradual decay. Region 2477 (N12E15, Hsx/alpha) remained stable over the
    past 24 hours. An impulsive C1 flare was observed from a region rotating
    around the NE limb at 06/1137 UTC. A filament centered around the the SE
    limb began erupting around 06/1100 UTC. No Earth-directed coronal mass
    ejections (CMEs) were observed in available coronagraph imagery.

    Solar activity is expected to be very low with a slight chance for
    C-class flares over the next three days (06-08 Jan).

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