Real-time solar images

Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)

The NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission consists of one sun observing spacecraft with three instruments which is located in a geosynchronous orbit around Earth. The AIA and HMI instruments provide us with solar imagery of unprecedented detail. Below you will find numerous images of the Sun from these instruments in many different wavelengths, revealing many different solar phenomena like solar flares, coronal holes, sunspots and filaments. The numbers on the images below indicate the location of different sunspot groups. If there are no numbers then the Sun is currently devoid of numbered sunspot regions.

HMI Intensitygram

HMI Magnetogram

AIA Wavelength 304

AIA Wavelength 171

AIA Wavelength 1600

AIA Wavelength 094

AIA Composite 211 - 193 - 171

AIA composite 304 - 211 - 171

AIA Wavelength 193

Courtesy of SDO (NASA) and the [AIA, EVE, and/or HMI] consortium
Current data suggest that it is not possible to see aurora now at middle latitudes
G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm
Observed Kp: 6-
The solar wind speed is currently moderately high (676.1 km/sec.)
The Disturbance Storm Time index predicts moderate storm conditions right now (-56nT)
The maximum X-ray flux of the past two hours is:
C5.18

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Today's space weather

Auroral activity Minor Severe
High latitude 20% 30%
Middle latitude 25% 10%
Predicted Kp max 5
Solar activity
M-class solar flare 1%
X-class solar flare 1%
C3.2 C1.6 B4.1 C5.1
Moon phase
New Moon

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