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Real-time and Near-real-time Solar Image Sites

The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) provides real-time monitoring and forecasting of solar and geophysical events. An ongoing analysis of the sun is important in combining current data, climatological statistics, and relevant research results to formulate predictions of solar and geophysical activity.

The Internet has a wealth of useful data available. The following are image sites with current space weather images that are used by SWPC in performing their daily analysis. Many of the links below are non US Government sites, see disclaimer. Also see Non-SWPC Sources of Space Weather Data

The National Science Foundation Facilities Assessment Database Listing of Solar Instrument resources is a catalog of worldwide solar observatories, instruments, and archives.

Solar Observatories

Mauna Loa Solar Observatory (MLSO) H-Alpha disk and limb composite images, Helium 10830, Calcium K, and Mk IV K-Coronameter data from Mauna Loa Solar Observatory, Hawaii.

National Solar Observatory (NSO), Kitt Peak Latest and archive images of full disk Magnetograms and Helium 10830.

National Solar Observatory, Sacramento Peak Current images of full disk Calcium K and H-alpha, including a real-time, full-disk H-alpha patrol image that updates every minute. Images and Current Data.

Mt Wilson Solar Observatory Tower Recent magnetograms, sunspot drawings, and other images.

Mees Solar Observatory (MSO) University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy Coronal Images, Vector Magnetograms, H-alpha Active Region Images, Vector Magnetograms, Spectroheliograms and White Light Images.

Big Bear Solar Observatory Features daily solar images taken in Calcium K, H-Alpha, White Light, and Magnetograms. Both high resolution and full disk images are available. Latest Images

Big Bear Active Region Monitor These pages contain the most recent solar images from the Global H-alpha Network, together with continuum images and magnetograms from the Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI) and EUV images from the Extreme-ultraviolet Imaging Telescope(EIT) onboard the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).

Big Bear Daily Solar Activity Reports The Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) provides daily Solar Activity Reports that are a detailed survey of active regions.

Solar Data

Solar Dynamics Observatory SDO -- iSolSearch -- A window into the Heliophysics Events Knowledgebase (HEK). iSolSearch and HEK are designed to guide heliophysics researchers to relevant solar data, and primarily to that acquired by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) with the Atmosperic Imaging Assembly (AIA) and the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI)

Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) images at Goddard Space Flight Center

SOHO Exploring The Sun The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory Web site contains a wide variety of recent and archived solar images and movies from the SOHO telescopes. Real-time space weather images: The very latest SOHO images and collection of data at Current Space Weather.

LASCO and EIT REAL TIME MOVIES Movies (MPEGs and Animated GIFs) of EIT 195A, 304A, 171A, 284A and C1 Fe XIV, C2, and C3.

Solar Data Analysis Center (SDAC) NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Current full disk magnetograms and Helium 10830 images from Kitt Peak, Calcium K spectroheliograms from NSO-Sac Peak, and HAO Mk IV coronagraph images.

Current Solar Images at Solar Data Analysis Center (SDAC) NASA The most recent, full-resolution solar image of each type in the SDAC archive.

Ionospheric Prediction Service (IPS) the Australian Space Weather Agency IPS provides support for a wide range of systems and technologies affected by space weather including; HF radio systems, geophysical exploration, and satellite and spacecraft operations.

Solar Image Archives

NOAA National Geophysical Data Center Archived GOES Solar X-Ray Imager data.

Current Solar Data and Worldwide Observing Plans (CU Boulder and NOAA/SWPC) H-alpha images from the U.S. Air Force Solar Optical Observing Network (SOON) archived from 1994. Archived data available from SOONSPOT: the Solar Optical Observing Network Solar Patrol On Tape.

National Solar Observatory Kitt Peak Archived magnetograms and Helium 10830 data.

STEREO Science Center Archive for STEREO telemetry, mission support data, and higher level instrument data and analysis software.