Links to Other Sun "Spots"

If you found the MLSO pages interesting, you might enjoy visiting the following web sites:

  • COSMO (COronal Solar Magnetism Observatory - A proposed facility for use by the solar physics research community. The facility will take continuous daytime synoptic measurements of magnetic fields in the solar corona and chromosphere, in order to understand solar eruptive events that drive space weather, and to investigate long-term phenomena.
  • Solar Maximum Mission (SMM) CME Information - This document contains information about Coronal Mass Ejections (CME's) and images recorded by the Coronagraph/Polarimeter telescope aboard the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM) satellite (1980, 1984-1989).
  • Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) - The primary goal of the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) explorer is to understand how the solar atmosphere is energized. The IRIS investigation combines advanced numerical modeling with a high resolution UV imaging spectrograph. IRIS will obtain UV spectra and images with high resolution in space (0.33-0.4 arcsec) and time (1-2s) focused on the chromosphere and transition region of the Sun, a complex interface region between the photosphere and corona.
  • Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) - The Solar Dynamics Observatory is the first mission to be launched for NASA's Living With a Star (LWS) Program, a program designed to understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. SDO is designed to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously.
  • SOHO - The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory is a project of international collaboration between ESA and NASA to study the Sun from its deep core to the outer corona and the solar wind. It was launched on 2 December 1995 from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. The twelve instruments on board SOHO were provided by European and American scientists.
  • NRL LASCO Coronameter Data - The Large Angle and Spectrometric COronagraph (LASCO) instrument is one of 12 instruments included on the SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) spacecraft. The LASCO instrument is a set of three coronagraphs that image the solar corona from 1.1 to 32 solar radii.
  • Hinode (Sunrise, formerly Solar-B) - Launched in September, 2006, Hinode is using three instruments together to unravel basic information about the Sun. Hinode's overall goals are to understand how energy generated by magnetic-field changes in the lower solar atmosphere (photosphere) is transmitted to the upper solar atmosphere (corona), to understand how that energy influences the dynamics and structure of that upper atmosphere, and to determine how the energy transfer and atmospheric dynamics affects the interplanetary-space environment.
  • STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) - STEREO consists of two space-based observatories - one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind. With this new pair of viewpoints, scientists will be able to see the structure and evolution of solar storms as they blast from the Sun and move out through space.
  • NASA's Solar Data Analysis Center (SDAC) - SDAC is a portal to various solar data and hosts SolarMonitor a tool that offers up-to-date information on solar activity, including images, flare locations, and flare predictions.
  • Virtual Solar Observatory (VSO) - The VSO is an intuitive web interface that makes it easy to search and download solar physics data products from an extensive list of instruments.
  • - A great source of information about upcoming auroral activity and where to see it.
  • CORIMP CME Catalog - The coronal image processing (CORIMP) CME catalog is generated from the automatic detection and tracking of CMEs in images from the Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) Large Angle & Spectrometric Coronograph experiment (LASCO).
  • Spartan 201 - SPARTAN 201 is a small, shuttle-launched and -retrieved satellite, whose mission is to study the Sun. SPARTAN 201's science payload consists of two telescopes. The Ultraviolet Coronal Spectrometer (UVCS) used ultraviolet emissions from neutral hydrogen and ions in the corona to determine the velocities of the coronal plasma within the solar wind source region, and the temperature and density distributions of protons. The White Light Coronagraph (WLC) measured visible light to determine the density distribution of coronal electrons within the same regions.
  • Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) - ACE orbits the L1 libration point which is a point of Earth-Sun gravitational equilibrium about 1.5 million km from Earth and 148.5 million km from the Sun. From its location at L1 ACE has a prime view of the solar wind, interplanetary magnetic field and higher energy particles accelerated by the Sun, as well as particles accelerated in the heliosphere and the galactic regions beyond.
  • National Solar Observatory (NSO) - NSO is a solar research center which consists of the Dunn Solar Telescope, McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope, and the Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG). They also run the Evans Solar and Hilltop Dome facilities.
  • NWS Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) - SWPC provides real-time monitoring and forecasting of solar and geophysical events which impact satellites, power grids, communications, navigation, and many other technological systems. SWPC also explores and evaluates new models and products and transitions them into operations. SWPC is also the primary warning center for the International Space Environment Service and works with many national and international partners with whom data, products, and services are shared.
  • Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) - BBSO is located in Big Bear Lake, California high in the San Bernardino Mountains. Its purpose is measuring and understanding solar complex phenomena. The principal telescope is a 1.6 m clear aperture, off-axis telescope, the NST, which is in its commissioning phase. Under a separate dome are two full-disk telescopes - one for Hα and one for earthshine.
  • Yohkoh Soft X-Ray Telescope - Yohkoh was launched in 1991 as a cooperative mission of Japan, the U.S., and the U.K. The scientific objective was to observe the energetic phenomena taking place on the Sun, specifically solar flares in x-ray and gamma-ray emissions. There were four instruments on the satellite that detected energetic emissions from the Sun: the Bragg Crystal Spectrometer (BCS), the Wide Band Spectrometer (WBS), the Soft X-Ray Telescope (SXT),and the Hard X-Ray Telescope (HXT).
  • NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) - The NGDC provides scientific stewardship, products, and services for geophysical data from the Sun to the Earth and Earth's sea floor and solid earth environment, including Earth observations from space.
  • NOAA's Solar Terrestrial Physics Section of NGDC - Data from Earth's upper atmosphere and space environment to the surface of the Sun, and Earth observations from space.
  • Virtual Solar Terrestrial Observatory (VSTO) - The Virtual Solar Terrestrial Observatory (VSTO) is a unified semantic environment serving data from diverse data archives in the fields of solar, solar-terrestrial, and space physics (SSTSP). Currently serving upper atmosphere data from the CEDAR (Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions) archive and solar corona data from the MLSO (Mauna Loa Solar Observatory) archive.
  • BASS Solar Survey Archive - BASS is a portal to solar data from SPECTRA, the THEMIS-MTR instrument; MSDP, the THEMIS-MSDP instrument; CORO, the Pic-du-Midi Halpha coronograph; NRH, the Nancay Radioheliograph; The Nancay Total Radio Flux Antenna; The Meudon Spectroheliograph; The Meudon Heliograph; Meudon White Light; PP, the Coupole-Tourelle of the Pic du Midi; DAN, decametric array of Nancayl; and CLIMSO, the Christian Latouche IMageur SOlaire.
  • MSU Solar Physics Group - The MSU solar physics group is engaged in undergraduate and graduate education, public outreach, and solar research supported by NASA, NSF, and AFOSR. Their research includes observation, data analysis, theory, and instrument development. In both research and graduate education, they collaborate closely with the solar group at the Lockheed-Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, and the Solar & Stellar X-ray Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
  • - The web site offers maps of active solar regions showing the current active region numbers and locations assigned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Space Weather Prediction Center.
  • Films by Bernard Lyot - The Paris Observatory website is hosting wonderful movies of solar phenomena, expeditions, documentaries and more taken by Bernard Lyot (mostly through the 1940s).