Friday, September 24, 2010

Self-Updating 48 Hour Movies

We now have movie links that you can embed in your webpage. They will show the Sun for the previous 48 hours in a chosen wavelength. Every 30 minutes the movie refreshes to the latest 48 hours. A link builder to construct the object is in the data menu item. An example html file that shows 5 AIA wavelengths and the HMI magnetogram can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Reprocessed Images

We have finished reprocessing images for some days in July, August, and September.
Dates include:

  • July 30, 2010 - August 1, 2010

  • August 10, 2010 - August 14, 2010

  • August 20, 2010 - August 22, 2010

  • September 5, 2010 - September 8, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Another eclipse season

SDO enters another eclipse season at 0700 UTC on September 15, 2010. The last day is October 7, 2010. The longest eclipse during this season is 67.4 minutes on September 26. Eclipses happen near the solstices when the Sun, Earth, and SDO orbit come into alignment. They are a normal part of life with a geosynchronous observatory. Because SDO is in an inclined orbit the eclipse season is not centered on the solstice. Solar data will not be available during an eclipse but will be available during the rest of the day.

Next up is a lunar transit on October 7. Here is an animation of what the lunar transit will look like.

Friday, September 10, 2010

SDO Graces the Cover of Ad Astra

An article on SDO and the end of the "sluggish" solar minimum is the cover story for the Fall 2009 issue of Ad Astra magazine. Yet another magazine finds SDO too beautiful to resist!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

AIA Images are flowing again

AIA images are once again flowing to the website. Please check out the eruption in the upper right of the 304 channel at 2341 UT on September 8, 2010.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

AIA and HMI Images Unavailable

At this time we are not receiving images from AIA. The data is flowing from SDO to the JSOC, but the ground software is not creating the AIA images we display on the SDO website. Some bandpasses and the HMI images are being updated, but most are not.

The problem is being worked and should be fixed soon.