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Solar Imagery

browse graphicBrowse image of a full sun drawing for March 13, 1989 prepared by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center
Collection includes a variety of solar photographic and illustrated datasets contributed by a number of national and private solar observatories located worldwide. Daily solar observations range from the mid 1800's to the present. White-light photographs of the solar disk and limb reveal features on and near the photospheric disk including active regions and sunspots. Solar observations viewed at specific wavelengths, including hydrogen-alpha (656.3 nm), calcium-K (393.3 nm), iron and radio frequencies, reveal the structure and dynamics of chromospheric features, including plague, filaments and prominences, and the extended corona. Composite full-sun drawings, prepared by professional staff at various observatories, provide a daily synoptic perspective of solar features that can be tracked from day to day.

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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact William Denig
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-6323
solar.ngdc@noaa.gov
Documentation links not available.
Originator
  • Scientific Data Stewardship provided by the National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Publisher
    Publisher information not available.
Date(s)
  • publication: 2011-10-01
Dataset Progress Status Under development
Data Update Frequency: Annually
Supplemental Information: Collection consists of daily solar photographs and drawings.
Purpose: The NGDC Solar and Terrestrial Physics (STP) division provides scientific data stewardship of solar-terrestrial datasets in compliance with NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 212-12, "Management of Environmental and Geospatial Data and Information", dated 04 Nov 10. Scientific Data Stewardship includes the Archive, Access, and Assessment (AAA) of operational and related solar and space environmental datasets.
Time Period: 1859-12-27  to  2009-12-30
Spatial Reference System:
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 90
S: -90
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map:
Themes
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Solar Active Regions
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Solar Imagery
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Sunspots
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Corona
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Solar Synoptic Maps
Data Centers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platforms
  • Solar Observatory Stations
Instruments
  • Solar Telescope
Places
  • Space > Solar Region > Photosphere
  • Space > Solar Region > Chromosphere
  • Space > Solar Region > Corona
Projects
  • NOAA > Space Weather Program
  • WDS > World Data Center for Geophysics, Boulder
Use Constraints
  • Access Constraints: None Use Constraints: None Distribution Liability: While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Access Constraints
  • Access Constraints: None Use Constraints: None Distribution Liability: While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Fees
  • Browse images can be downloaded free of charge from the NGDC Solar and Terrestrial Physics (STP) division. High resolution images are available by request for some drawings.
Source Datasets
  • Full Sun Drawings: Boulder
  • Full Sun Drawings: Fraunhofer
  • Full Sun Drawings: Wendelstein
  • Full Sun Drawings: Northwest
    • Temporal extent used:  1958  to  1970
  • Full Sun Drawings: International Geophysical Year
  • Hydrogen Alpha Solar Images: Boulder Full Disk
  • Hydrogen Alpha Solar Images: ISOON
  • Hydrogen Alpha Solar Images: McMath
  • Hydrogen Alpha Solar Images: SGD Daily Images
Lineage Statement Authoritative data provided by various institutions.

Metadata Last Modified: 2014-05-18

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