Posted by: Leslie White | February 16, 2011

Bwahaha, I found the solar flare!

So I read on Yahoo News that there was a gigantic solar flare earlier this week. For people living in the northern US states, there is about a 50/50 chance you might see the aurora borialis this evening. Too bad it is majorly overcast in Chicago tonight. -.-

Anyway, I was determined to “see” this solar flare, so I went hunting through the SOHO image archive, and  I found the time range for Tuesday’s flare. Here is how to view the images in sequence:

 

 

1. Go to this website: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/data_query
2. For Image Type, I chose LASCO C3 and for Display choose Movie.
3. Make BOTH the start date and end date: 2011-02-15
4. Click the Search button and then click Start to view the movie!

The flare starts at about the 3:00 timestamp, and you can clearly see the huge energy output.

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