New page: GOES solar images

Friday, 5 April 2019 14:44 UTC

New page: GOES solar images

With the introduction of GOES-16, the NOAA SWPC provides us with yet another valuable solar watching sentinel which will undoubtedly be of great use when solar cycle 25 begins.

The GOES-16 SUVI instrument monitors the Sun at six different wavelengths and is a huge step up from the SXI instrument that satellites like GOES-14 and 15 have on board. These wavelengths are all very similar to the wavelengths that SDO provides but something really interesting about the SUVI instrument on board GOES-16 is the wider field of view showing us much more of the corona. This will be spectacular to watch during major solar eruptions.

What we did is, we have now added a new page for the GOES satellites where we display imagery from GOES-16, GOES-15 and GOES-14. The solar flares page has also been altered a tiny but as it will now feature an image from GOES-16 instead of GOES-14 and a button to the new GOES page.

Check it out and let us know what you think. Thanks for your support and we hope you will enjoy this new page!

Image: Still image taken from the GOES-16 SUVI instrument showing a strong X-class solar flare back in September, 2017

Any mentioned solar flare in this article has a scaling factor applied by the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), the reported solar flares are 42% smaller than for the science quality data. The scaling factor has been removed from our archived solar flare data to reflect the true physical units.

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