Latest images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO – AIA/EVE/HMI)

SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) is a sun-pointing semi-autonomous spacecraft that allows nearly continuous observations of the Sun with a continuous science data downlink rate of 130 Mbps. The spacecraft is 4.5 meters high and over 2 meters on each side, weighing a total of 3100 kg (fuel included). SDO’s inclined geosynchronous orbit was chosen to allow continuous observations of the Sun and enable its exceptionally high data rate through the use of a single dedicated ground station.

You can check the spacecraft’s current position and status here and the last 48 hours here.

AIA images

The AIA (Atmospheric Imaging Assembly) images the solar atmosphere in multiple wavelengths to link changes in the surface to interior changes. Data includes images of the Sun in 10 wavelengths every 10 seconds.


94Å (9.4nm) [ALT][VIDEO]
131Å (13.1nm)[ALT][VIDEO]
171Å (17.1nm)[ALT][VIDEO]

Latest image from SDO AIA 94A Latest image from SDO AIA 131A Latest image from SDO AIA 171A

193Å (19.3nm)[ALT][VIDEO]
211Å (21.1nm)[ALT][VIDEO]
304Å (30.4nm)[ALT][VIDEO]

Latest image from SDO AIA 193A Latest image from SDO AIA 211A Latest image from SDO AIA 304A

335Å (33.5nm)[ALT][VIDEO]
1600Å (160nm)[ALT][VIDEO]
1700Å (170nm)[ALT][VIDEO]

Latest image from SDO AIA 335A Latest image from SDO AIA 1600A Latest image from SDO AIA 1700A

4500Å (450nm)[ALT][VIDEO]
Latest image from SDO AIA 4500ANote: The color tables used to display the 171A, 193A, 211A and 304A “ALT” AIA images here are the ones used to display similar bandpasses for SOHO EIT and STEREO EUVI images.


SAM soft X-ray (failed)
ANNOUNCE from LASP: We’re sad to report that EVE MEGS-A / SAM data stream has ended on Monday May 26, 2014 due to a power anomaly for MEGS-A CCD electronics. With the SAM images being from MEGS-A CCD, both SAM solar X-ray images and MEGS-A spectra (6-37 nm) are not available now.

Flare map generated from imagery from AIA/SXI (SDO/GOES)
NOTE: this processed image acted as a replacement for the SAM X-ray data which is unavailable due to a technical failure. As the new GOES satellites no longer have an X-Ray imager (SXI), this image will not be updated.

The Solar Aspect Monitor (SAM) is a pinhole camera that is sensitive to X-rays. This channel is a lower resolution image of the Sun in the wavelength range from 0.1-7nm. Because this is a large wavelength range, there are many different emissions from ions as well as continuum emissions within this band. This image clearly shows where active regions and flares occur. In the second image the large white square is the peak location, and the diamond is the centroid.

Latest image from SDO EVE/SAM soft X-ray pinhole camera SAM 5-minute irradiance peak and centroid data

You can also watch the last 27 days and the last 24 hours as a video.

HMI images

The Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (or HMI) studies the oscillations and the magnetic field at the solar surface. It observes the full solar disk at 6173 A with a resolution of 1 arcsecond. HMI is a successor to the Michelson Doppler Imager on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).

The Michelson Doppler Imager or (MDI) images are taken in the continuum near the Ni I 6768 Angstrom line. The most prominent features in them are the sunspots. This is very much how the Sun looks like in the visible range of the spectrum.

HMI Magnetogram [VIDEO]
HMI Intesitygram [VIDEO]
HMI Dopplegram
Latest image from SDO HMI Magnetogram
Latest image from SDO HMI Intesitygram
Latest image from SDO HMI Dopplegram
[color] [pfss] [sunspot groups]
[color] [flat] [sunspot groups]


Current sunspots

Image of the current sunspot regions