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Best source of live JSON data for Solar & Geomagnetic activity

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I'm looking for the most suitable live data (in JSON) to use for tracking Solar & Geomagnetic activity. I'm pretty new to space weather, and I've found http://services.swpc.noaa.gov/products/ but not sure which of the multiple data sources to focus on.

I'm in the UK, so need to know which data sources are best for this part of the globe. A 15-minute update (or less, if available) would be useful.

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21 hours ago, Marcel de Bont said:

Im not sure if that kind of data comes in .json files. Most is in .txt files. Kp can be found in .json. You can also try to focus on magnetometer data from a station nearby?

I have located data I could use from the NOAA data, but I'm looking for some kind of brief explanation - it's for incorporating into an artwork, and I'm no specialist! So from all the data I'm after some readings that fluctuate by the minute or hour - enough to show a change in the time viewers might spend in a gallery. The K-index might be too slow (or could be used daily) so I considered geomagnetic data, which seems to be more variable, The only UK data I can find (Aurora Watch UK: http://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/plots/?project=samnet&site=crk2&date=rolling) has an API: http://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/api-info/ but I also located some current NOAA data, although (as a total beginner) I'm not sure what it actually represents: http://services.swpc.noaa.gov/experimental/products/geospace/geomagnetic-indices.json

So any further pointers as to what this is measuring are welcome!

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It all depends on what specific data you are looking for but it should be available on NOAA's servers. Some data comes in .json form other in .txt.

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Im not sure if that kind of data comes in .json files. Most is in .txt files. Kp can be found in .json. You can also try to focus on magnetometer data from a station nearby?

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1 hour ago, Marcel de Bont said:

It all depends on what specific data you are looking for but it should be available on NOAA's servers. Some data comes in .json form other in .txt.

I would like K-index data (which I think I've located on the NOAA servers) and Geomagnetic data as close as possible to the UK, at least daily, both in JSON format. I'd like to pull data from these as frequently as they're updated. I'm new to the data, but am looking for figures most likely to vary daily.

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51 minuten geleden, cubex zei:

I have located data I could use from the NOAA data, but I'm looking for some kind of brief explanation - it's for incorporating into an artwork, and I'm no specialist! So from all the data I'm after some readings that fluctuate by the minute or hour - enough to show a change in the time viewers might spend in a gallery. The K-index might be too slow (or could be used daily) so I considered geomagnetic data, which seems to be more variable, The only UK data I can find (Aurora Watch UK: http://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/plots/?project=samnet&site=crk2&date=rolling) has an API: http://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/api-info/ but I also located some current NOAA data, although (as a total beginner) I'm not sure what it actually represents: http://services.swpc.noaa.gov/experimental/products/geospace/geomagnetic-indices.json

So any further pointers as to what this is measuring are welcome!

Regarding your latest link: DST must be the Disturbance storm time index which can also be found on this website and a quick Google search should explain in detail what the DST is. Kp is the derived Kp-index of the mentioned time I assume. The last 4 values must be values from 4 different magnetometer stations (no idea where they could be), I assume the numbers mean the deflection in nT from the quiet day curve with 0 being the baseline for a quiet day. -55 would be -55nT below the quiet day value. Don't quote me on this but I think that would be it.

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